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 does sex do to the genome of humans and other organisms?

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

3. Of course, both males and females have a (an) ________ to deceive the other sex to promote their own attractiveness.

4. At the end of Chapter 3, what does the author say will be explored in the next chapter?

5. Why does this organism present a mystery to the question of reproduction?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who changed the discussions concerning evolution after the 19th century?

3. Why is the history of evolution a never ending arms race?

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

5. Why do genes exist in the first place?

6. What is interesting about the mating skills of the Australian bush turkeys?

7. Who developed the Red Queen Theory?

8. What is perplexing about sexual reproduction?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the different tones that Ridley uses throughout the novel. Point out specific tones in different sections. Then describe why the tone works best for that section.

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

Ridley insists that while women prefer monogamy, they like to also have affairs on the side. How could Ridley's research be twisted or misconstrued to blame only women for being unfaithful? How could this possibly give men too much power?

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