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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. Why is this book called The Red Queen?
(a) The author has always enjoyed the character from Alice in Wonderland.
(b) The author thinks that the title is ironic.
(c) It is symbolic of higher level genetics.
(d) The landscape around the Queen moves as she moves. Evolutionary progress is relative to ones surroundings.

2. In most species, what do many females mostly prefer in males?
(a) Money.
(b) External factors, like male attractiveness.
(c) The ability to keep her safe.
(d) A male that promises to stay around.

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

4. Is attractiveness always the only criteria for mate selection?
(a) Yes, females don't like ugly people.
(b) Yes, females are shallow.
(c) No, females like important mates.
(d) No, only when selection is plentiful.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the Red Queen begin?

2. How do organisms compete during evolution?

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

4. What are transposons?

5. In which cultures are male babies especially prized?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is a bdelloid rotifer?

2. When is it even more important for a female to find a good mate?

3. How is the theory supported by science?

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

5. What is perplexing about sexual reproduction?

6. Why are out law genes interesting?

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

8. What is the tangled bank theory?

9. From a biologist's point of view, why is sexual reproduction not as successful as asexual?

10. To what is the human genome often compared?

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