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. At the end of Chapter 3, what does the author say will be explored in the next chapter?
(a) Why babies are hard to keep alive.
(b) More ways that evolution can work against organisims.
(c) How babies are made.
(d) Why there are men and women.

2. How do males harm themselves?
(a) Uneasy violence.
(b) Uneasy violence and status games.
(c) Suicide.
(d) Status games.

3. What is the primary part in sexual reproduction?
(a) Combining and outcrossing genes.
(b) Killing genes that are not yours.
(c) Outcrossing genes.
(d) Combining all genes.

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

5. Who has solutions concerning genetics?
(a) Scientists.
(b) Doctors and scientists.
(c) Geneticists.
(d) Molecular biologists and geneticists.

6. What does sex do to the genome of humans and other organisms?
(a) Causes too much risk in the genes.
(b) Increases randomness of the genome.
(c) Makes stronger genes.
(d) Decreases randomness of the genome.

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

8. In an attempt to "outwit" these killers, organisms engage in _____________.
(a) Camouflage.
(b) Asexual reproduction.
(c) Fission.
(d) Sexual reproduction.

9. In Chapter 4, what story of tragedy does the author tell?
(a) The story of the fisherman.
(b) The kangeroo story.
(c) The story of the gazelle.
(d) The story of the salesman.

10. Sexual reproduction is ___________ to keep the parasites and diseases off guard by creating new variations through each generation.
(a) Not able.
(b) An inefficient means.
(c) An attempt.
(d) Not an easy way.

11. What are transposons?
(a) Viruses.
(b) Diseases.
(c) Weaker genes.
(d) Out law genes.

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

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

14. Males are interested in increasing the _________ of sexual partners whereas women are interested in increasing the ________ of sexual partners.
(a) Number, percentage.
(b) Quality, number.
(c) Percentage, number.
(d) Number, quality.

15. Are individuals involved in evolution aware of the choices they are making?
(a) Never.
(b) Always.
(c) Ten per cent of the time.
(d) Fifty per cent of the time.

Short Answer Questions

1. To women, attractiveness in a male signifies _____________.

2. Sexual reproduction benefits _____________.

3. Why is asexual reproduction a less risky option for an organism?

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

5. What did Zahavi, a scientist, theorize about reproduction mating?

(see the answer keys)

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