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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was the 16th century cleric known for besides his scientific theories?
(a) Being a survivor of Protestant ridicule.
(b) Killing Catholics.
(c) His sermons.
(d) Switching between Catholic and Protestant religions.

2. What is the lottery theory?
(a) It is more advantageous for humans to asexually reproduce.
(b) Organisms in densely populated areas survive better.
(c) Sexual reproduction is the riskiest way for humans to reproduce.
(d) Sexual reproduction allows for a smaller number of very exceptional offspring.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What is the solution of the individually rational genes?
(a) Asexuality.
(b) Gender.
(c) Celibacy.
(d) Polygamy.

11. Who cannot compete with males?
(a) Masculine females.
(b) Hermaphrodites.
(c) Other males.
(d) Females.

12. When it is difficult or costly for female birds to choose males, females will choose ___________.
(a) Based on having the most food.
(b) Based on ornamentation.
(c) The male with the nicest wing span.
(d) The prettiest beak.

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

14. How do organisms compete during evolution?
(a) They kill their prey to ensure their survivors.
(b) They kill their prey and one another to be the last person standing.
(c) They try to kill one another so that they might live.
(d) They compete with each other to pass down more genes to the next generation.

15. To explain sex, scientists need to find ________________.
(a) A reason for an individual organism to prefer sexual over asexual reproduction.
(b) Why people are attracted to one another.
(c) A new way for humans to mate.
(d) The reason for asexual reproduction.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is sexual selection?

2. What is the tangled bank theory?

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

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

5. How do species outwit killer viruses?

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