The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Matt Ridley
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens if a virus attacks a population of clones?

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

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

4. Who developed the Red Queen theory?

5. From a biologist's point of view, sexual reproduction is more _________ than asexual reproduction.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the Red Queen Theory state?

3. What did Freud believe concerning incest?

4. Why are societies no longer polygamous?

5. What do women prefer to be?

6. What is interesting about the creator of the Vicar of Bray creator?

7. To what is the human genome often compared?

8. What does sexual reproduction mostly consist of?

9. Over the milennia, how have men and women evolved?

10. Why do genes exist in the first place?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Although sexual reproduction is very expensive for species that partake in it, explain why asexual reproduction is less successful than sexual reproduction. List out the specific positives of participating in sexual reproduction. List the negative reasons for sexual reproduction.

Essay Topic 2

Since Adam and Eve, women have been depicted as the temptresses. They cunningly lead men away from what is good or right. How much of this statement is actually true? Describe how women have been forced to take on the role of the evil character throughout history.

Essay Topic 3

How, in Ridley's eyes, is polygamy a successful situation for sexual reproduction? Explain. Why do most modern societies oppose polygamy? If a group of people wants to be polygamous, do you think they should be able to do so?

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