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 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.

2. In 1970, __________ argued that the individual is merely a container for genes.
(a) Richard Dawkins.
(b) Jean-Baptiste Lamarck.
(c) Charles Darwin.
(d) Russel Wallace.

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

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

5. How does the Red Queen begin?
(a) With a discussion of asexual organisms.
(b) With a discussion about the Red Queen from Alice in Wonderland.
(c) With a discussion of human nature.
(d) With a story of Martians.

6. To understand human nature, what must we understand?
(a) The origin of human nature.
(b) The origin of attraction between humans.
(c) The origin of emotions.
(d) Differences in humans.

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

8. Of course, both males and females have a (an) ________ to deceive the other sex to promote their own attractiveness.
(a) Purpose.
(b) Right.
(c) Reason.
(d) Incentive.

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

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

11. From a biologist's point of view, sexual reproduction is more _________ than asexual reproduction.
(a) Expensive.
(b) Risky.
(c) Unnecessary
(d) Annoying.

12. 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.

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

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

15. What is the male to female ratio?
(a) 2:1.
(b) 1:3.
(c) 1:2.
(d) 1:1.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the lottery theory?

2. What is the Vicar of Bray hypothesis?

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

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

5. What is the tangled bank theory?

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