The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does evolution work?
(a) Very slowly, over thousands of years.
(b) Different adaptations of an individual which give a reproductive edge.
(c) Change is continuous.
(d) Without competition between organisms.

2. Why is asexual reproduction a less risky option for an organism?
(a) All the clones will be healthy.
(b) There will be no one competing.
(c) It is not less risky.
(d) There is no seeking out mates or the risk of being rejected.

3. If there are too many males, it will eventually be better to be a ____________.
(a) Hermaphrodite.
(b) Female or male.
(c) Male.
(d) Female.

4. Why do genes exist?
(a) They are the descendants of previous genes.
(b) They are used to carry DNA mappings.
(c) They insure that the species survives.
(d) They pass viruses down.

5. What does being fast allow for a gazelle to do?
(a) The gazelle gets caught.
(b) The gazelle is never caught and it throws off the balance of the environment.
(c) It is able to always kill its prey.
(d) The fast gazelle survives and reproduces, thus spreading its genes.

6. How does Chapter 5 begin?
(a) With mating behavior of Australian brush turkeys.
(b) With observations about pine moles.
(c) With the story of a fisherman.
(d) With an explanation of courtship.

7. What do genes seek through the actions of the bodies that contain them?
(a) Change.
(b) Evolution.
(c) Replication.
(d) To be upgraded.

8. What have scientists discovered about sexual reproduction versus asexual reproduction?
(a) Asexual reproduction allows an individual to spread its gene over a large population.
(b) Sexual reproduction allows an individual to spread its gene over a large population.
(c) Asexual reproduction is easier.
(d) Sexual reproduction is easier.

9. What are the interests of most males?
(a) Being a good father.
(b) Impregnating as many women as possible.
(c) Taking care of their mate and offspring.
(d) Being faithful to one female.

10. What gender contains all cytoplasmic genes?
(a) Hermaphrodites.
(b) Females.
(c) Males.
(d) Males and Females.

11. High status individuals tend to have __________.
(a) Less babies.
(b) Female babies.
(c) Male babies.
(d) No babies.

12. What kind of study does evolution become?
(a) How organisms become better over generations.
(b) Competition between friends.
(c) A slow process.
(d) Functions of bodies and organisims as gene vehicles.

13. What is lekking?
(a) A time of mating for birds.
(b) A courtship dance among mammals.
(c) A sexual market where male birds congregate.
(d) A way for birds to mate.

14. In the author's opinion, what is not the primary goal of an organism?
(a) Killing one another.
(b) Survival.
(c) Reproduction.
(d) Evolution.

15. Lower class individuals tend to have _________.
(a) More babies.
(b) Male babies.
(c) Less babies.
(d) Female babies.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do scientists want to discover about genetic mixing?

2. Why is this book called The Red Queen?

3. What is the only way to understand why evolution is the way it is?

4. Organisms that reproduce sexually will pass immunity or defenses down to whom?

5. Who created the tangled bank theory?

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