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. Why is this book called The Red Queen?

2. In the author's opinion, what is not the primary goal of an organism?

3. How do organisms compete during evolution?

4. What do the females of this same group prefer?

5. Lower class individuals tend to have _________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the story of the fisherman.

2. What does sexual reproduction mostly consist of?

3. Why are out law genes interesting?

4. Why do genes exist in the first place?

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

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

7. To what is the human genome often compared?

8. How does the book begin and why is it important?

9. What is the tangled bank theory?

10. How do sperm sometimes kill the egg?

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

Ridley asserts that experiences as well as biological changes have made male and female minds different. Does Ridley view this as a negative? In the past, how has this statement been derogatory towards women? How has it made women be seen as unequal in the eyes of men?

Essay Topic 3

As cheaters get caught, what happens to their ability to cheat? How does the Red Queen Theory say that cheaters will react to improved cheating detectors? Do you agree?

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