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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In an attempt to "outwit" these killers, organisms engage in _____________.
(a) Fission.
(b) Camouflage.
(c) Asexual reproduction.
(d) Sexual reproduction.

2. What do the females of this same group prefer?
(a) Intelligent males.
(b) Males that will take care of them.
(c) Males who are attractive.
(d) Well-built mounds, instead of poorly constructed mounds.

3. If there are too many males, it will eventually be better to be a ____________.
(a) Hermaphrodite.
(b) Female.
(c) Female or male.
(d) Male.

4. What do scientists want to discover about genetic mixing?
(a) How to make genetic mixing affordable.
(b) How to make genetic mixing more reliable.
(c) Why genetic mixing is better than cloning oneself.
(d) Why cloning is more successful than genetic mixing.

5. What are out law genes?
(a) Genes that will definitely be passed down.
(b) Genes which cannot be passed down.
(c) Genes that are weak.
(d) Genes that act like viruses and hijack chromosones.

6. 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) There will be more births overall.
(c) Virgin births will happen to adjust and make more female babies.
(d) There will be less births overall.

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

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

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

10. What kind of study does evolution become?
(a) Functions of bodies and organisims as gene vehicles.
(b) How organisms become better over generations.
(c) Competition between friends.
(d) A slow process.

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. At the end of Chapter 3, what does the author say will be explored in the next chapter?

3. Why does this organism present a mystery to the question of reproduction?

4. How does the Red Queen begin?

5. In humans, what does evolution rely on?

(see the answer keys)

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