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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. Our ideas of attractiveness and our sexual inclinations seem to be _________.
(a) Widespread and designed by evolution.
(b) Accidental.
(c) Proven wrong by biology.
(d) Errors in judgement.

2. Why might cousins be attracted to each other?
(a) They miss being close to family.
(b) They want to preserve their bloodline.
(c) They always see each other.
(d) They are not raised together.

3. Men excrete far more sperm when they ________________.
(a) Have been threatened by another male's attractiveness.
(b) Their wives have been absent for a long time.
(c) Suspect unfaithfullness in their wives or the wives have been gone for a while.
(d) Think their wives have been unfaithful.

4. What type of historical incident may have been a more frequent phenomenon than is commonly thought?
(a) The conflict between Henry the VIII and the church over divorce.
(b) Divorces throughout history.
(c) Polygamy in the Catholic Church.
(d) Illegitimate sons and daughters.

5. If a male misses the change of his brain in the womb, what happens to him?
(a) He is more feminine.
(b) He is homosexual.
(c) He is too masculine.
(d) He is bisexual.

Short Answer Questions

1. What determines whether a child is French or English speaking?

2. According to the author, what is a female version of pornography?

3. What was a natural human situation in many early societies?

4. According to the author, why did humans develop intelligence?

5. Incest is most prevalent between___________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does female physiology support?

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

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

4. What happens if a man thinks his female has been cheating?

5. What do women prefer to be?

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

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

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

9. Why are societies no longer polygamous?

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

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