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 animals are only interested in exclusive fidelity?

2. What is the "Machiavellian" hypothesis?

3. What seems to be partially the result of genetics?

4. Why do women need men?

5. Why are female chimps extremely promiscuous in large social groups?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why else must men be intelligent?

7. What do men prefer to be?

8. Why is male on male violence so detrimental?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Ridley insists that while women prefer monogamy, they like to also have affairs on the side. How could Ridley's research be twisted or misconstrued to blame only women for being unfaithful? How could this possibly give men too much power?

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