The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What animals are only interested in exclusive fidelity?
(a) Gorillas.
(b) Gibbons.
(c) Humans.
(d) Bears.

2. Thinking that male and female brains are different is often thought to be_______.
(a) Discriminatory.
(b) Misguided.
(c) Hateful.
(d) Wrong.

3. According to some arguments, why did larger brains evolve?
(a) As a mechanism to deal with cheater detection.
(b) As a way to work together with other humans.
(c) As a means of survival.
(d) As a means of retaining more knowledge.

4. In different times, when was marriage through cousins not appropriate?
(a) When large amounts of land were involved.
(b) Whenever the parents did not want them to marry.
(c) When the marriage was between unequal partners.
(d) It was never appropriate.

5. Of the following options, what do humans do best?
(a) Gossip about friends and neighbors.
(b) Perform the same logical task in a non-social context.
(c) Pick out faithful people.
(d) Pick out cheaters in a social context.

6. Men excrete far more sperm when they ________________.
(a) Suspect unfaithfullness in their wives or the wives have been gone for a while.
(b) Their wives have been absent for a long time.
(c) Have been threatened by another male's attractiveness.
(d) Think their wives have been unfaithful.

7. What would the author like us to believe concerning nature versus nurture?
(a) Nature is more influential than nurture.
(b) Nurture is more influential than nature.
(c) Instead of being competitive, the two are complementary to each other.
(d) The two compete.

8. Chapter 9 begins with __________.
(a) A discussion between morals.
(b) A mistaken identity.
(c) The potential genetic basis of homosexuality.
(d) A dissertation concerning new ideas.

9. Unlike other primates, humans do not publicly display their __________.
(a) Fertility.
(b) Sex drives.
(c) Anger.
(d) Hope.

10. According to Freud, a human's tendency is toward _________.
(a) Their family's acceptance.
(b) Maintaining fidelity.
(c) Incest between family members.
(d) Dismissing infidelity.

11. What seems to be partially the result of genetics?
(a) The ability to distinguish easily between objects and to see certain objects as whole.
(b) The ability to see certain objects as whole.
(c) The ability to see whole objects distinctly.
(d) The ability to distinguish easily between objects.

12. Throughout history, what has been a great reward for a leader?
(a) More ability to bring in food.
(b) Subjects that behave well.
(c) More land.
(d) More women to mate with.

13. Females are ______ more likely to have the right kind of orgasm and to become impregnated when unfaithful.
(a) 90 percent.
(b) 40 percent.
(c) 70 percent.
(d) 50 percent.

14. Who argues that the mind is made up of many different "modules" that have evolved over time such as "fear snakes" and various cheater detection mechanisms?
(a) No one.
(b) Cosmides and Tooby.
(c) Tooby.
(d) Cosmides.

15. What are the human female's interest concerning reproduction and mating?
(a) Ideal husband for reproduction and reproductive partners on the sly.
(b) They want an ideal husband.
(c) Females do not want to have babies.
(d) Women only want many partners to make the best babies.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do humans living in groups need to be able to tell about individuals in the group?

2. Our notions of beauty do not seem to be _________.

3. Why might cousins be attracted to each other?

4. Why does the author think that there is now so much monogamy in humans?

5. Why do women like taller men?

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