The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature Test | Final 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 combination do people find mostly attractive?

2. In many tribes, __________ of the population have lost family members to murder.

3. Men excrete far more sperm when they ________________.

4. What are the human female's interest concerning reproduction and mating?

5. What do genes provide?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what societies and religions did polygamy flourish long ago?

2. When given pictures with landscapes and people, what differences do boys and girls have?

3. What does the author think about the debates against nature versus nurture?

4. As the author ends the book, what do we begin to understand about the Red Queen Theory?

5. Why does the author think that humans developed intelligence?

6. Over the milennia, how have men and women evolved?

7. Who is the most likely to participate in incest?

8. When Ridley says that male and female brains are different, what type of tone does he have?

9. What biological incentives are passed down to many males?

10. Why are societies no longer polygamous?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Male Australian turkeys build spectacular mounds. They build these mounds to attract females. When a female shares a mound with a turkey, she is saying she will give him offspring. In this case, how have mound building skills changed?

What has now become important about mound building skills?

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

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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