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

2. What is the tangled bank theory?
(a) Different organisms in an environment saturated with similar organisms have a greater likelihood of survival.
(b) Sexual reproduction is the riskiest way for humans to reproduce.
(c) It is more advantageous for humans to asexually produce.
(d) Sexual reproduction allows for a smaller number of very exceptional offspring.

3. From a biologist's point of view, sexual reproduction is more _________ than asexual reproduction.
(a) Expensive.
(b) Annoying.
(c) Risky.
(d) Unnecessary

4. Sexual reproduction benefits _____________.
(a) No one.
(b) Everyone.
(c) One member of the same organism versus another member of that same organisim.
(d) Only humans, not other organisms.

5. Why is the Vicar of Bray theory flawed?
(a) It does not take sexual reproduction into account.
(b) It sees evolution as the goal of an organisim.
(c) It was made up by someone who is not a scientist.
(d) It has been proven wrong over the centuries.

6. What is the main focus of the novel?
(a) To understand the advances in same-sex reproduction.
(b) To compare sexual and asexual reproduction.
(c) Parts of human nature are products of sexual selection.
(d) To study asexual reproduction.

7. When is maleness a reproductive advantage?
(a) In monogamous relationships.
(b) In homosexual relationships.
(c) In polygamous groups, such as monkeys.
(d) All the time, no matter what the relationship.

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

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

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

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

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

13. What will happen to create more female babies in Chinese and Indian societies?
(a) There will be less births overall.
(b) More boys will be born, because it is what people want.
(c) There will be more births overall.
(d) Virgin births will happen to adjust and make more female babies.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What gender contains all cytoplasmic genes?

4. Through sexual reproduction, what are offspring dealt?

5. What is the male to female ratio?

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