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. Due to the ________________, traits that increase reproductive successes will spread and those that do not will expire.

2. How does Chapter 2 begin?

3. How does Chapter 5 begin?

4. To women, attractiveness in a male signifies _____________.

5. Instead of scientists concentrating on why humans are the way they are, they should concentrate on _________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is a bdelloid rotifer?

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

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

6. What is perplexing about sexual reproduction?

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

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

9. Who developed the Red Queen Theory?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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?

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