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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. What can a psychiatrist expect to find in all people?
(a) Extreme emotions and rational behaviors.
(b) Similar emotions and behaviors.
(c) No similarities in emotions.
(d) Psychopathic behavior.

2. Who developed the Red Queen theory?
(a) Richard Dawkins.
(b) Leigh Van Valen.
(c) Charles Darwin.
(d) Graham Bell.

3. Sexual reproduction is ___________ to keep the parasites and diseases off guard by creating new variations through each generation.
(a) Not an easy way.
(b) An inefficient means.
(c) An attempt.
(d) Not able.

4. What accounts for far more deaths than other predators or environmental occurrences?
(a) Parasites and diseases.
(b) Accidents.
(c) Killing ones own organisms.
(d) Death and destruction.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What do the females of this same group prefer?

2. How does Chapter 2 begin?

3. What is the "sexy-sons" theory?

4. What was the 16th century cleric known for besides his scientific theories?

5. Why is the Vicar of Bray theory flawed?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the lottery theory?

2. Why do genes exist in the first place?

3. Why is the history of evolution a never ending arms race?

4. Why are hermaphrodites unstable?

5. To what is the human genome often compared?

6. How is the theory supported by science?

7. What secondary quality do men look for in women?

8. How does the book begin and why is it important?

9. What is interesting about the mating skills of the Australian bush turkeys?

10. What does the Martian visitor that observes Earth wonder about?

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