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

Matt Ridley
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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. 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

Ridley asserts that experiences as well as biological changes have made male and female minds different. Does Ridley view this as a negative? In the past, how has this statement been derogatory towards women? How has it made women be seen as unequal in the eyes of men?

Essay Topic 2

In your own words, define gene outcrossing. How does sexual reproduction cause gene outcrossing to occur? Why is gene outcrossing a positive thing for many populations?

Essay Topic 3

Why does Ridley end the book with the explanation that when the Red Queen Theory proves itself wrong, it also proves itself right? Does this allow the Ridley to advertise that his theories are right no matter what? Do you think that his findings are not being held accountable?

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