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

How did Charles Darwin's findings change the science world as we know it? Please consider the following:

- When did Charles Darwin publicize his theories on evolution?

- What did pre-Darwinian audiences think about evolution?

- Were Darwin's ideas readily accepted at first?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In your opinion, why does Ridley choose not to take a side in the debate of homosexuality and genetics? If a link between genetics and homosexuality is found, how will societies have to change? Do you think this is a positive or negative thing?

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