The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature Test | Mid-Book Test - Medium

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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 Chapter 5, the animals are unsure of _____________.
(a) What their mate thinks of them.
(b) Being able to find a suitable mate.
(c) Passing desirable genes to offspring.
(d) The male knowing if the egg is his.

2. Are individuals involved in evolution aware of the choices they are making?
(a) Always.
(b) Never.
(c) Ten per cent of the time.
(d) Fifty per cent of the time.

3. In which cultures are male babies especially prized?
(a) Chinese.
(b) American.
(c) Chinese and Indian.
(d) Indian.

4. If there are too many males, it will eventually be better to be a ____________.
(a) Female.
(b) Hermaphrodite.
(c) Female or male.
(d) Male.

5. What is the "sexy-sons" theory?
(a) Sons will be the most attractive if the two parents are very attractive.
(b) Females will always choose the most attractive man.
(c) Males will always choose the most attractive woman.
(d) Sons are always sexier than daughters.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the only way to understand why evolution is the way it is?

2. What will happen to create more female babies in Chinese and Indian societies?

3. What gender contains all cytoplasmic genes?

4. What have mound building skills become?

5. High status individuals tend to have __________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is perplexing about sexual reproduction?

2. How do sperm sometimes kill the egg?

3. What is the lottery theory?

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

5. How is the theory supported by science?

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

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

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

9. What does the Red Queen Theory state?

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

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