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. Is attractiveness always the only criteria for mate selection?

2. Who has solutions concerning genetics?

3. Although it becomes clear that sex is necessary to avoid parasites, what question remains?

4. What is the primary part in sexual reproduction?

5. What is the chief competitor to the tangled bank theory and lottery theory?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is a bdelloid rotifer?

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

3. Why are out law genes interesting?

4. Why are hermaphrodites unstable?

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

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

7. What secondary quality do men look for in women?

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

9. What does the Red Queen Theory state?

10. What would lead a woman to pick a man based on looks?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 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

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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