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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. Is attractiveness always the only criteria for mate selection?
(a) Yes, females are shallow.
(b) Yes, females don't like ugly people.
(c) No, only when selection is plentiful.
(d) No, females like important mates.

2. What was the 16th century cleric known for besides his scientific theories?
(a) Being a survivor of Protestant ridicule.
(b) Killing Catholics.
(c) Switching between Catholic and Protestant religions.
(d) His sermons.

3. Who created the tangled bank theory?
(a) Richard Dawkins.
(b) Charles Darwin.
(c) Graham Bell.
(d) Leigh Van Valen.

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

5. What is the tangled bank theory?
(a) It is more advantageous for humans to asexually produce.
(b) Different organisms in an environment saturated with similar organisms have a greater likelihood of survival.
(c) Sexual reproduction allows for a smaller number of very exceptional offspring.
(d) Sexual reproduction is the riskiest way for humans to reproduce.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the lottery theory?

2. In humans, what does evolution rely on?

3. In Chapter 4, what story of tragedy does the author tell?

4. Of course, both males and females have a (an) ________ to deceive the other sex to promote their own attractiveness.

5. Although it becomes clear that sex is necessary to avoid parasites, what question remains?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are hermaphrodites unstable?

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

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

4. As the author ends the book, what do we begin to understand about the Red Queen Theory?

5. Why else must men be intelligent?

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

7. Explain the story of the fisherman.

8. Unfortunately, what is very common in many primate groups?

9. What do women universally prefer?

10. Why are societies no longer polygamous?

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