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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 is the Vicar of Bray hypothesis?
(a) Sexual reproduction provides rapid speed of evolution.
(b) Asexual reproduction provides rapid speed of evolution.
(c) Sexual reproduction should not exist.
(d) Same-sex reproduction must be understood to understand sexual reproduction.

2. Lower class individuals tend to have _________.
(a) Male babies.
(b) Female babies.
(c) More babies.
(d) Less babies.

3. What is the lottery theory?
(a) Sexual reproduction allows for a smaller number of very exceptional offspring.
(b) Organisms in densely populated areas survive better.
(c) It is more advantageous for humans to asexually reproduce.
(d) Sexual reproduction is the riskiest way for humans to reproduce.

4. What are the interests of most males?
(a) Being a good father.
(b) Being faithful to one female.
(c) Impregnating as many women as possible.
(d) Taking care of their mate and offspring.

5. At the end of Chapter 3, what does the author say will be explored in the next chapter?
(a) Why babies are hard to keep alive.
(b) Why there are men and women.
(c) More ways that evolution can work against organisims.
(d) How babies are made.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to the author and other research, who should have a better evolutionary outcome?

3. High status individuals tend to have __________.

4. What is the "sexy-sons" theory?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the story of the fisherman.

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

3. Why are out law genes interesting?

4. Why do males want to be with many females?

5. How is the theory supported by science?

6. After the Vicar of Bray theory, what did scientists try to prove?

7. What is perplexing about sexual reproduction?

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

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

10. What is a bdelloid rotifer?

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