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. What does being fast allow for a gazelle to do?

2. In the author's opinion, what is not the primary goal of an organism?

3. Is attractiveness always the only criteria for mate selection?

4. What is one way of good gene replication that the author mentions?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. When does sexual aversion to one's family occur?

4. How would a pre-Darwin think explain why giraffes have long necks?

5. What do men prefer to be?

6. When Ridley says that male and female brains are different, what type of tone does he have?

7. What need is human language built around?

8. What do men universally prefer in their women?

9. Why is there a ratio of 1:1 in males and females?

10. Why do genes exist in the first place?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Who developed the Red Queen Theory and what does the theory say? How does the Red Queen Theory assert itself throughout the history of animals? Give an example of how the Red Queen Theory works.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Why does natural selection take a back seat to sexual selection in Ridley's opinion? How do natural selection traits actually become sexual selection traits?

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