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. Why might cousins be attracted to each other?

2. Who suggested the idea that language acquisition is partly the result of an innate or genetically acquired ability to learn grammar?

3. What age group do men find the most attractive?

4. According to Freud, a human's tendency is toward _________.

5. Male human beings expect to have their _______ compete with the ________ of other males.

Short Essay Questions

1. What do women prefer to be?

2. Why else must men be intelligent?

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

4. When does sexual aversion to one's family occur?

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

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

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

8. What is a good explanation of why male and female brains are different?

9. What also seems to work with evolution to create changes in men and women?

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

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

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 3

How, in Ridley's eyes, is polygamy a successful situation for sexual reproduction? Explain. Why do most modern societies oppose polygamy? If a group of people wants to be polygamous, do you think they should be able to do so?

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