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

2. Of course, both males and females have a (an) ________ to deceive the other sex to promote their own attractiveness.
(a) Right.
(b) Incentive.
(c) Purpose.
(d) Reason.

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

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

5. What is the male to female ratio?
(a) 1:1.
(b) 2:1.
(c) 1:3.
(d) 1:2.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is asexual reproduction a less risky option for an organism?

2. Instead of scientists concentrating on why humans are the way they are, they should concentrate on _________.

3. In an attempt to "outwit" these killers, organisms engage in _____________.

4. High status individuals tend to have __________.

5. If there are too many males, it will eventually be better to be a ____________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain the story of the fisherman.

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

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

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

6. Who developed the Red Queen Theory?

7. Why are out law genes interesting?

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

9. Why do genes exist in the first place?

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

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