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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 are transposons?
(a) Out law genes.
(b) Weaker genes.
(c) Viruses.
(d) Diseases.

2. What is the continuous arms race that occurs between organisms?
(a) People will try to kill one another so that their genes may carry on.
(b) No one can catch up.
(c) World War II.
(d) Once an advantage is gained, the loser will adapt to negate the advantage.

3. Instead of scientists concentrating on why humans are the way they are, they should concentrate on _________.
(a) Where humans live.
(b) Why humans are the way they are.
(c) A way to study humans without them knowing.
(d) How they got to be the way they are.

4. Due to the ________________, traits that increase reproductive successes will spread and those that do not will expire.
(a) High pregnancy rate.
(b) Evolutionary arms race.
(c) Low pregnancy rate.
(d) Slow genetics of men.

5. How does Chapter 5 begin?
(a) With observations about pine moles.
(b) With the story of a fisherman.
(c) With an explanation of courtship.
(d) With mating behavior of Australian brush turkeys.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What does the story in Chapter 5 prove for the author?

4. How do males harm themselves?

5. Why does this organism present a mystery to the question of reproduction?

Short Essay Questions

1. How would a pre-Darwin think explain why giraffes have long necks?

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

3. What would lead a woman to pick a man based on looks?

4. What is the lottery theory?

5. Why are hermaphrodites unstable?

6. How do sperm sometimes kill the egg?

7. What is the tangled bank theory?

8. To what is the human genome often compared?

9. What does sexual reproduction mostly consist of?

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

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