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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 does the story in Chapter 5 prove for the author?
(a) An example of sexual, rather than natural selection.
(b) Ideal mating conditions are rare.
(c) How male support continues the species.
(d) Producing offspring is the goal of all mammals.

2. What is the main focus of the novel?
(a) To understand the advances in same-sex reproduction.
(b) To compare sexual and asexual reproduction.
(c) To study asexual reproduction.
(d) Parts of human nature are products of sexual selection.

3. Through sexual reproduction, what are offspring dealt?
(a) Weak genes.
(b) A different bag of genes from their parents.
(c) Weak and strong genes.
(d) Genes too similar to their parents.

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

5. Ever since _____________ in the late 19th century, scientists have understood that all life forms are a product of biological evolution.
(a) Charles Darwin.
(b) Russel Wallace.
(c) Richard Dawkins.
(d) Jean-Baptiste Lamarck.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do species outwit killer viruses?

2. What is the lottery theory?

3. Sexual reproduction is ___________ to keep the parasites and diseases off guard by creating new variations through each generation.

4. From a biologist's point of view, sexual reproduction is more _________ than asexual reproduction.

5. What have scientists discovered about sexual reproduction versus asexual reproduction?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does the Red Queen Theory state?

4. Why are out law genes interesting?

5. Explain the story of the fisherman.

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

7. Who developed the Red Queen Theory?

8. What does the sexy sons theory say?

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

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

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