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

2. In humans, what does evolution rely on?
(a) Sexual Reproduction.
(b) Asexual reproduction.
(c) Sexual and asexual reproduction.
(d) Fission.

3. How do males harm themselves?
(a) Uneasy violence and status games.
(b) Status games.
(c) Suicide.
(d) Uneasy violence.

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

5. Organisms that reproduce sexually will pass immunity or defenses down to whom?
(a) Their descendants.
(b) Their friends.
(c) Their spouses.
(d) No one.

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

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

8. In the author's opinion, what is not the primary goal of an organism?
(a) Survival.
(b) Evolution.
(c) Killing one another.
(d) Reproduction.

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

10. What is sexual selection?
(a) Selection based on the appeal of a potential mate.
(b) Irrational mating between humans.
(c) Random mating between humans.
(d) Selection based on the strength of a mate.

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

12. At the end of Chapter 3, what does the author say will be explored in the next chapter?
(a) Why there are men and women.
(b) Why babies are hard to keep alive.
(c) How babies are made.
(d) More ways that evolution can work against organisims.

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

14. 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.

15. What is the bdelloid rotifer?
(a) A type of animal that produces asexually.
(b) A genetically engineered organism.
(c) A microscopic animal that can live in any kind of water.
(d) An organism that lacks certain genes.

Short Answer Questions

1. Is attractiveness always the only criteria for mate selection?

2. Are sexually reproducing organisms able to compete with asexually reproducing organisms?

3. In which cultures are male babies especially prized?

4. What is the primary purpose of sexual reproduction that is very beneficial for all offspring?

5. Why is the Vicar of Bray theory flawed?

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