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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 do male primates do to their female's children who are not also their children?
(a) Kill the children that are not their own.
(b) Ignore the children who are not their own.
(c) Take care of all the children.
(d) Kill the female for having children from another mate.

2. What modern day society sometime practices polygamy?
(a) Protestantism.
(b) Catholicism.
(c) Jewish.
(d) Extreme Mormonism.

3. What would the author like us to believe concerning nature versus nurture?
(a) Nature is more influential than nurture.
(b) Instead of being competitive, the two are complementary to each other.
(c) The two compete.
(d) Nurture is more influential than nature.

4. From this, what seems clear?
(a) Men and women have the same minds.
(b) Men and women must have different minds.
(c) The minds of women and men are unequal.
(d) Men and women should not think they have equal minds.

5. According to some arguments, why did larger brains evolve?
(a) As a way to work together with other humans.
(b) As a means of retaining more knowledge.
(c) As a mechanism to deal with cheater detection.
(d) As a means of survival.

Short Answer Questions

1. What, in the author's opinion, supports his assertions concerning a female's desires for reproduction?

2. Why are female chimps extremely promiscuous in large social groups?

3. What do women fantasize about?

4. What is a common suggestion for why people need intelligence?

5. What is negative about having many females?

Short Essay Questions

1. What seems to be the best for most women and men and why?

2. When does sexual aversion to one's family occur?

3. What does the author think about the debates against nature versus nurture?

4. Who is the most likely to participate in incest?

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

6. What did Freud believe concerning incest?

7. What happens to children that do not learn language early?

8. Why does the author think that humans developed intelligence?

9. What also seems to work with evolution to create changes in men and women?

10. What is a good explanation of why male and female brains are different?

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