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 the main focus of the novel?

2. What was the 16th century cleric known for besides his scientific theories?

3. Are sexually reproducing organisms able to compete with asexually reproducing organisms?

4. What genders are not always needed?

5. Who cannot compete with males?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is a bdelloid rotifer?

2. What is perplexing about sexual reproduction?

3. What does the sexy sons theory say?

4. What is interesting about the creator of the Vicar of Bray creator?

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

6. Explain the story of the fisherman.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Why does Ridley end the book with the explanation that when the Red Queen Theory proves itself wrong, it also proves itself right? Does this allow the Ridley to advertise that his theories are right no matter what? Do you think that his findings are not being held accountable?

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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