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 is lekking?

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

3. What does the story in Chapter 5 prove for the author?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why are hermaphrodites unstable?

4. To what is the human genome often compared?

5. From a biologist's point of view, why is sexual reproduction not as successful as asexual?

6. What is a bdelloid rotifer?

7. What does sexual reproduction mostly consist of?

8. Who developed the Red Queen Theory?

9. Why do genes exist in the first place?

10. When is it even more important for a female to find a good mate?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How, in Ridley's eyes, is polygamy a successful situation for sexual reproduction? Explain. Why do most modern societies oppose polygamy? If a group of people wants to be polygamous, do you think they should be able to do so?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Although sexual reproduction is very expensive for species that partake in it, explain why asexual reproduction is less successful than sexual reproduction. List out the specific positives of participating in sexual reproduction. List the negative reasons for sexual reproduction.

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