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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What does sex do to the genome of humans and other organisms?
(a) Decreases randomness of the genome.
(b) Makes stronger genes.
(c) Increases randomness of the genome.
(d) Causes too much risk in the genes.

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

5. Lower class individuals tend to have _________.
(a) Female babies.
(b) Male babies.
(c) Less babies.
(d) More babies.

6. What is the "sexy-sons" theory?
(a) Males will always choose the most attractive woman.
(b) Females will always choose the most attractive man.
(c) Sons will be the most attractive if the two parents are very attractive.
(d) Sons are always sexier than daughters.

7. In Chapter 5, the animals are unsure of _____________.
(a) What their mate thinks of them.
(b) The male knowing if the egg is his.
(c) Passing desirable genes to offspring.
(d) Being able to find a suitable mate.

8. What accounts for far more deaths than other predators or environmental occurrences?
(a) Accidents.
(b) Killing ones own organisms.
(c) Parasites and diseases.
(d) Death and destruction.

9. 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.

10. What happens if a virus attacks a population of clones?
(a) The virus will kill only the weakest clones.
(b) The clones attack one another in order to survive.
(c) The clone population will be wiped out.
(d) The clone population will effectively kill the virus.

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

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

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

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

15. How do species outwit killer viruses?
(a) With their brains.
(b) Splitting cells.
(c) Sexual reproduction.
(d) Asexual reproduction.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the solution of the individually rational genes?

2. How do males harm themselves?

3. What is the lottery theory?

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

5. Why is this book called The Red Queen?

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