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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the chief competitor to the tangled bank theory and lottery theory?
(a) The Red Queen Theory.
(b) The tangled bank and lottery theory have no competition.
(c) The King's Theory.
(d) The Blue Book Theory.

2. Organisms that reproduce sexually will pass immunity or defenses down to whom?
(a) No one.
(b) Their descendants.
(c) Their spouses.
(d) Their friends.

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

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

5. According to the author and other research, who should have a better evolutionary outcome?
(a) Asexual and Sexual Reproduction.
(b) Sexual Reproduction.
(c) Same-sex Reproduction.
(d) Asexual reproduction.

6. What does the story in Chapter 5 prove for the author?
(a) An example of sexual, rather than natural selection.
(b) Ideal mating conditions are rare.
(c) Producing offspring is the goal of all mammals.
(d) How male support continues the species.

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

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

9. Ever since _____________ in the late 19th century, scientists have understood that all life forms are a product of biological evolution.
(a) Richard Dawkins.
(b) Russel Wallace.
(c) Charles Darwin.
(d) Jean-Baptiste Lamarck.

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

11. Pre- Darwinian thinkers such as _____________ believed that evolution was a process of individual adaptations that were later passed down to ancestors.
(a) Russel Wallace.
(b) Jean-Baptiste Lamarck.
(c) Charles Darwin.
(d) Richard Dawkins.

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

13. How does Chapter 2 begin?
(a) An explanation of sexual reproduction.
(b) With a fictional account of a Martian visitor.
(c) Information about the author.
(d) With diagrams.

14. Due to the ________________, traits that increase reproductive successes will spread and those that do not will expire.
(a) Slow genetics of men.
(b) Low pregnancy rate.
(c) High pregnancy rate.
(d) Evolutionary arms race.

15. What genders are not always needed?
(a) Males.
(b) Females.
(c) Hermaphrodites.
(d) None.

Short Answer Questions

1. What can a psychiatrist expect to find in all people?

2. What is the lottery theory?

3. What do males want in sexual partners?

4. What does sex do to the genome of humans and other organisms?

5. What is the "sexy-sons" theory?

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