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. To explain sex, scientists need to find ________________.

2. What did Zahavi, a scientist, theorize about reproduction mating?

3. What is the bdelloid rotifer?

4. To women, attractiveness in a male signifies _____________.

5. What is the primary purpose of sexual reproduction that is very beneficial for all offspring?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. From a biologist's point of view, why is sexual reproduction not as successful as asexual?

3. What is the lottery theory?

4. Why is the book named after the Red Queen?

5. What is interesting about the mating skills of the Australian bush turkeys?

6. What is a bdelloid rotifer?

7. Why do genes exist in the first place?

8. Who changed the discussions concerning evolution after the 19th century?

9. Why are hermaphrodites unstable?

10. Why do males want to be with many females?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why does Ridley think that intelligence and language developed between human beings? Does he think that without this prompting, there would be no language?

Essay Topic 2

Why has sexual intercourse become a private matter among many humans? Is this a societal constraint that we have imposed on ourselves? Or, is it something that was biologically programmed into us? How does this aspect make us different from other species?

Essay Topic 3

Most of the time, society dictates the way that women look and behave. How has sexual selection shaped the way women wish to look? How has biology shaped society and cultures? Is biology to blame for the extreme ways that women have shifted themselves to please men as mates?

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