The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 accusation does the author make against women?

2. Our ideas of attractiveness and our sexual inclinations seem to be _________.

3. Throughout history, what has been a great reward for a leader?

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

5. In the Middle Ages, the Catholic Church created many rules to prevent __________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happens if a man thinks his female has been cheating?

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

5. What do men universally prefer in their women?

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

7. What do studies on the pine mole show about the differences between male and female pine mole minds?

8. Why else must men be intelligent?

9. From the Red Queen Theory, what do we learn about cheaters?

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

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

Although sexual reproduction is very expensive for species that partake in it, explain why asexual reproduction is less successful than sexual reproduction. List out the specific positives of participating in sexual reproduction. List the negative reasons for sexual reproduction.

Essay Topic 3

Why has the author chosen to write about the Red Queen Theory and the study of human nature? By studying, what does he eventually hope to learn? Do you think that he is successful in his search for knowledge?

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