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

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

3. To women, attractiveness in a male signifies _____________.
(a) Infidelity in the relationship.
(b) The ability to support her and future children.
(c) Excessive amounts of sperm.
(d) Good genes.

4. How do males harm themselves?
(a) Status games.
(b) Uneasy violence.
(c) Suicide.
(d) Uneasy violence and status games.

5. In an attempt to "outwit" these killers, organisms engage in _____________.
(a) Fission.
(b) Sexual reproduction.
(c) Camouflage.
(d) Asexual reproduction.

Short Answer Questions

1. In which cultures are male babies especially prized?

2. What is the tangled bank theory?

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

4. What kind of study does evolution become?

5. What is one way of good gene replication that the author mentions?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do genes exist in the first place?

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

3. To what is the human genome often compared?

4. What is the tangled bank theory?

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

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

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

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

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

10. What is a bdelloid rotifer?

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