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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 primary purpose of sexual reproduction that is very beneficial for all offspring?
(a) Making many children.
(b) Meeting a soul mate.
(c) Speed of evolution.
(d) Slowness of evolution.

2. What is the main focus of the novel?
(a) Parts of human nature are products of sexual selection.
(b) To compare sexual and asexual reproduction.
(c) To study asexual reproduction.
(d) To understand the advances in same-sex reproduction.

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

4. What is the chief competitor to the tangled bank theory and lottery theory?
(a) The Blue Book Theory.
(b) The tangled bank and lottery theory have no competition.
(c) The Red Queen Theory.
(d) The King's Theory.

5. Although it becomes clear that sex is necessary to avoid parasites, what question remains?
(a) Whether or not sex is the best way to reproduce.
(b) How sex works.
(c) Why sex works the way it does.
(d) Why people enjoy sex.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does sex do to the genome of humans and other organisms?

2. What genders are not always needed?

3. What is the primary part in sexual reproduction?

4. In most species, what do many females mostly prefer in males?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How is the theory supported by science?

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

5. Why do genes exist in the first place?

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

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

8. What does sexual reproduction mostly consist of?

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

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

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