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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. How do organisms compete during evolution?
(a) They kill their prey to ensure their survivors.
(b) They kill their prey and one another to be the last person standing.
(c) They try to kill one another so that they might live.
(d) They compete with each other to pass down more genes to the next generation.

2. To explain sex, scientists need to find ________________.
(a) Why people are attracted to one another.
(b) A new way for humans to mate.
(c) A reason for an individual organism to prefer sexual over asexual reproduction.
(d) The reason for asexual reproduction.

3. 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) Once an advantage is gained, the loser will adapt to negate the advantage.
(c) World War II.
(d) No one can catch up.

4. In the author's opinion, what is not the primary goal of an organism?
(a) Evolution.
(b) Survival.
(c) Killing one another.
(d) Reproduction.

5. What gender contains all cytoplasmic genes?
(a) Males and Females.
(b) Females.
(c) Hermaphrodites.
(d) Males.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 4, what story of tragedy does the author tell?

2. In which cultures are male babies especially prized?

3. Are sexually reproducing organisms able to compete with asexually reproducing organisms?

4. What is the lottery theory?

5. Lower class individuals tend to have _________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who developed the Red Queen Theory?

3. Why do genes exist in the first place?

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

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

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

7. Why are out law genes interesting?

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

9. Why are hermaphrodites unstable?

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

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