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. The gender ratio is ___________ as an evolutionary pressure in humans.

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

3. What is the "sexy-sons" theory?

4. What is the Vicar of Bray hypothesis?

5. To explain sex, scientists need to find ________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the story of the fisherman.

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

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

4. What does sexual reproduction mostly consist of?

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

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

7. Why are out law genes interesting?

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

9. After the Vicar of Bray theory, what did scientists try to prove?

10. Why are hermaphrodites unstable?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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