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. In most species, what do many females mostly prefer in males?
(a) A male that promises to stay around.
(b) External factors, like male attractiveness.
(c) The ability to keep her safe.
(d) Money.

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. The gender ratio is ___________ as an evolutionary pressure in humans.
(a) Undeniable.
(b) Weak.
(c) Harmful.
(d) Strong.

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

10. What is the Vicar of Bray hypothesis?
(a) Asexual reproduction provides rapid speed of evolution.
(b) Sexual reproduction provides rapid speed of evolution.
(c) Sexual reproduction should not exist.
(d) Same-sex reproduction must be understood to understand sexual reproduction.

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

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

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

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

15. Of course, both males and females have a (an) ________ to deceive the other sex to promote their own attractiveness.
(a) Right.
(b) Reason.
(c) Incentive.
(d) Purpose.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does Chapter 2 begin?

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

4. Why is this book called The Red Queen?

5. What can a psychiatrist expect to find in all people?

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