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. What do males want in sexual partners?
(a) A good mother.
(b) An attractive female.
(c) A spontaneous female.
(d) A very young female.

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

3. What is the "good genes" theory?
(a) Smart people are attracted to other smart people.
(b) Beautiful children are evil.
(c) More attractive people make smart people.
(d) More attractive males will produce beautiful children.

4. Are sexually reproducing organisms able to compete with asexually reproducing organisms?
(a) Yes, always.
(b) No, never.
(c) Only when they are genetically engineered.
(d) Occasionally.

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

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

7. What is the continuous arms race that occurs between organisms?
(a) People will try to kill one another so that their genes may carry on.
(b) World War II.
(c) Once an advantage is gained, the loser will adapt to negate the advantage.
(d) No one can catch up.

8. What is the main focus of the novel?
(a) Parts of human nature are products of sexual selection.
(b) To study asexual reproduction.
(c) To compare sexual and asexual reproduction.
(d) To understand the advances in same-sex reproduction.

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

10. Sexual reproduction benefits _____________.
(a) Everyone.
(b) One member of the same organism versus another member of that same organisim.
(c) No one.
(d) Only humans, not other organisms.

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

12. Why is this book called The Red Queen?
(a) It is symbolic of higher level genetics.
(b) The author thinks that the title is ironic.
(c) The author has always enjoyed the character from Alice in Wonderland.
(d) The landscape around the Queen moves as she moves. Evolutionary progress is relative to ones surroundings.

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

14. What type of civilization do the New Guinea tribes have?
(a) Hunter gatherers.
(b) Scavengers.
(c) Democratic governments.
(d) Hunters.

15. Instead of scientists concentrating on why humans are the way they are, they should concentrate on _________.
(a) Where humans live.
(b) How they got to be the way they are.
(c) A way to study humans without them knowing.
(d) Why humans are the way they are.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is sexual selection?

2. What is the only way to understand why evolution is the way it is?

3. What are transposons?

4. In an attempt to "outwit" these killers, organisms engage in _____________.

5. Who developed the Red Queen theory?

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