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

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

3. What will happen to create more female babies in Chinese and Indian societies?
(a) There will be less births overall.
(b) There will be more births overall.
(c) More boys will be born, because it is what people want.
(d) Virgin births will happen to adjust and make more female babies.

4. 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) Why there are men and women.
(d) How babies are made.

5. In most species, what do many females mostly prefer in males?
(a) Money.
(b) A male that promises to stay around.
(c) External factors, like male attractiveness.
(d) The ability to keep her safe.

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

7. Although it becomes clear that sex is necessary to avoid parasites, what question remains?
(a) Whether or not sex is the best way to reproduce.
(b) Why sex works the way it does.
(c) Why people enjoy sex.
(d) How sex works.

8. What have mound building skills become?
(a) A survival technique.
(b) Unimportant.
(c) A reproductive skill.
(d) A coveted skill.

9. What do scientists want to discover about genetic mixing?
(a) How to make genetic mixing affordable.
(b) How to make genetic mixing more reliable.
(c) Why genetic mixing is better than cloning oneself.
(d) Why cloning is more successful than genetic mixing.

10. What did Zahavi, a scientist, theorize about reproduction mating?
(a) Female attractiveness hurts a male's ability to survive.
(b) Male attractiveness hurts a male's ability to survive.
(c) Female attractiveness signals the male's ability to survive.
(d) Male attractiveness signals the male's ability to survive.

11. Who developed the Red Queen theory?
(a) Leigh Van Valen.
(b) Richard Dawkins.
(c) Graham Bell.
(d) Charles Darwin.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who has solutions concerning genetics?

2. What type of civilization do the New Guinea tribes have?

3. When is maleness a reproductive advantage?

4. To explain sex, scientists need to find ________________.

5. Instead of scientists concentrating on why humans are the way they are, they should concentrate on _________.

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