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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 does the male pine mole visit many different tunnels?
(a) To see his many wives.
(b) To increase the chance of survival.
(c) To eat all of the stored food.
(d) To escape the females.

2. In a landscape, what will boys pick out as being important?
(a) Objects.
(b) People.
(c) Voices.
(d) Memories.

3. What have anthropologists found to be a universal characteristic of humans across different cultures?
(a) Hate.
(b) Desire.
(c) Jealousy.
(d) Depression.

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

5. In a person's youth, what happens to them to thwart off incest?
(a) They are told that it is evil.
(b) They are imprinted with an aversion toward incest.
(c) They are punished if they attempt it.
(d) They are not told about incest.

Short Answer Questions

1. Most modern societies are _________.

2. Are there strong taboos against cousin marriage?

3. Instead of this aspect, what are men really wanting as they are driven by biology?

4. What is in the true interest of a female in reproduction?

5. Homosexual men tend to be like __________ men and lesbians tend to be more like _______ women.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What do studies on the pine mole show about the differences between male and female pine mole minds?

4. Why is male on male violence so detrimental?

5. What biological incentives are passed down to many males?

6. What did Freud believe concerning incest?

7. In what societies and religions did polygamy flourish long ago?

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

9. Why else must men be intelligent?

10. What do women universally prefer?

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