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

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

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

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

5. 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, quality.
(d) Number, percentage.

6. In which cultures are male babies especially prized?
(a) American.
(b) Chinese and Indian.
(c) Indian.
(d) Chinese.

7. Is attractiveness always the only criteria for mate selection?
(a) Yes, females are shallow.
(b) Yes, females don't like ugly people.
(c) No, females like important mates.
(d) No, only when selection is plentiful.

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

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

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

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

12. What is one way of good gene replication that the author mentions?
(a) Fission.
(b) Viruses.
(c) Asexual reproduction.
(d) Sex.

13. 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 less births overall.
(d) There will be more births overall.

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

15. 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) How babies are made.
(c) Why babies are hard to keep alive.
(d) More ways that evolution can work against organisims.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Chapter 2 begin?

2. When is maleness a reproductive advantage?

3. What are out law genes?

4. Who created the tangled bank theory?

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

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