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

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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. How does the Red Queen begin?

2. Males are interested in increasing the _________ of sexual partners whereas women are interested in increasing the ________ of sexual partners.

3. Why is asexual reproduction a less risky option for an organism?

4. In humans, what does evolution rely on?

5. Sexual reproduction is ___________ to keep the parasites and diseases off guard by creating new variations through each generation.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are hermaphrodites unstable?

2. Why is the history of evolution a never ending arms race?

3. How is the theory supported by science?

4. What does the Martian visitor that observes Earth wonder about?

5. What secondary quality do men look for in women?

6. What is perplexing about sexual reproduction?

7. After the Vicar of Bray theory, what did scientists try to prove?

8. How do sperm sometimes kill the egg?

9. How does the book begin and why is it important?

10. What does the sexy sons theory say?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

As cheaters get caught, what happens to their ability to cheat? How does the Red Queen Theory say that cheaters will react to improved cheating detectors? Do you agree?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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