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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 being fast allow for a gazelle to do?
(a) The gazelle gets caught.
(b) The gazelle is never caught and it throws off the balance of the environment.
(c) It is able to always kill its prey.
(d) The fast gazelle survives and reproduces, thus spreading its genes.

2. Why is asexual reproduction a less risky option for an organism?
(a) There will be no one competing.
(b) All the clones will be healthy.
(c) It is not less risky.
(d) There is no seeking out mates or the risk of being rejected.

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

4. What will happen to create more female babies in Chinese and Indian societies?
(a) There will be more births overall.
(b) More boys will be born, because it is what people want.
(c) Virgin births will happen to adjust and make more female babies.
(d) There will be less births overall.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When it is difficult or costly for female birds to choose males, females will choose ___________.

2. Due to the ________________, traits that increase reproductive successes will spread and those that do not will expire.

3. What are out law genes?

4. What is the chief competitor to the tangled bank theory and lottery theory?

5. Why is the Vicar of Bray theory flawed?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the lottery theory?

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

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

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

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

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

7. How is the theory supported by science?

8. What does the sexy sons theory say?

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

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

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