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

Matt Ridley
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz 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

Ridley insists that while women prefer monogamy, they like to also have affairs on the side. How could Ridley's research be twisted or misconstrued to blame only women for being unfaithful? How could this possibly give men too much power?

How has biology intervened to change our ideas of what is beautiful or attractive? Why are men more attracted to thinner women, while women prefer an attractive man who has high status? Give reasons for your answers.

Ridley ends the book by saying that while the Red Queen Theory is useful, it also can be confusing. The theory also proves and disproves itself all the time. Why do you think he ends the book in this way? Is it to save his reputation in case he is wrong? Explain.

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