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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 have scientists discovered about sexual reproduction versus asexual reproduction?
(a) Asexual reproduction allows an individual to spread its gene over a large population.
(b) Sexual reproduction allows an individual to spread its gene over a large population.
(c) Sexual reproduction is easier.
(d) Asexual reproduction is easier.

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

3. What do genes seek through the actions of the bodies that contain them?
(a) Replication.
(b) Change.
(c) Evolution.
(d) To be upgraded.

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

5. What does sex do to the genome of humans and other organisms?
(a) Causes too much risk in the genes.
(b) Increases randomness of the genome.
(c) Decreases randomness of the genome.
(d) Makes stronger genes.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Zahavi, a scientist, theorize about reproduction mating?

2. What gender contains all cytoplasmic genes?

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

4. Are individuals involved in evolution aware of the choices they are making?

5. What are the interests of most males?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do genes exist in the first place?

2. Why is the book named after the Red Queen?

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

4. Who developed the Red Queen Theory?

5. Why do males want to be with many females?

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

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

8. To what is the human genome often compared?

9. What does the Red Queen Theory state?

10. How is the theory supported by science?

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