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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Why do genes exist?
(a) They are used to carry DNA mappings.
(b) They pass viruses down.
(c) They are the descendants of previous genes.
(d) They insure that the species survives.

3. How does Chapter 2 begin?
(a) An explanation of sexual reproduction.
(b) Information about the author.
(c) With a fictional account of a Martian visitor.
(d) With diagrams.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Males are interested in increasing the _________ of sexual partners whereas women are interested in increasing the ________ of sexual partners.

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

3. What have mound building skills become?

4. Although it becomes clear that sex is necessary to avoid parasites, what question remains?

5. In 1970, __________ argued that the individual is merely a container for genes.

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is the most likely to participate in incest?

2. Why is there a ratio of 1:1 in males and females?

3. Over the milennia, how have men and women evolved?

4. What is the tangled bank theory?

5. What happens to children that do not learn language early?

6. After the Vicar of Bray theory, what did scientists try to prove?

7. Who changed the discussions concerning evolution after the 19th century?

8. Explain the story of the fisherman.

9. Why do genes exist in the first place?

10. What need is human language built around?

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