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. High status individuals tend to have __________.

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

3. Why does this organism present a mystery to the question of reproduction?

4. Why is this book called The Red Queen?

5. Pre- Darwinian thinkers such as _____________ believed that evolution was a process of individual adaptations that were later passed down to ancestors.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are out law genes interesting?

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

3. How do sperm sometimes kill the egg?

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

5. What is the tangled bank theory?

6. What does the Red Queen Theory state?

7. What does the sexy sons theory say?

8. Who developed the Red Queen Theory?

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

10. What is a bdelloid rotifer?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why has the author chosen to write about the Red Queen Theory and the study of human nature? By studying, what does he eventually hope to learn? Do you think that he is successful in his search for knowledge?

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

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.

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