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. What is the main focus of the novel?

2. What does sex do to the genome of humans and other organisms?

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

4. What do scientists want to discover about genetic mixing?

5. What is the continuous arms race that occurs between organisms?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is perplexing about sexual reproduction?

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

3. What do women prefer to be?

4. What seems to be the best for most women and men and why?

5. What happens if a man thinks his female has been cheating?

6. What is the lottery theory?

7. Who is the most likely to participate in incest?

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

9. As the author ends the book, what do we begin to understand about the Red Queen Theory?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss the different tones that Ridley uses throughout the novel. Point out specific tones in different sections. Then describe why the tone works best for that section.

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