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. Are individuals involved in evolution aware of the choices they are making?

2. What gender contains all cytoplasmic genes?

3. High status individuals tend to have __________.

4. Who has solutions concerning genetics?

5. Why is asexual reproduction a less risky option for an organism?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are out law genes interesting?

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

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

4. What is the tangled bank theory?

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

6. What is perplexing about sexual reproduction?

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

8. Why do genes exist in the first place?

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

10. What does the sexy sons theory say?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In your opinion, why does Ridley choose not to take a side in the debate of homosexuality and genetics? If a link between genetics and homosexuality is found, how will societies have to change? Do you think this is a positive or negative thing?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In your own words, define gene outcrossing. How does sexual reproduction cause gene outcrossing to occur? Why is gene outcrossing a positive thing for many populations?

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