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, in the author's opinion, supports his assertions concerning a female's desires for reproduction?

2. Male and female brains are different because of __________.

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

4. Which type of women are the most attractive to men?

5. What is clear about what women want in a mate?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why else must men be intelligent?

3. What does female physiology support?

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

5. What is different between humans and primates?

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

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

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

9. What happens to children that do not learn language early?

10. What do women prefer to be?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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