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 and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. How do males fantasize?

4. What have anthropologists found to be a universal characteristic of humans across different cultures?

5. What is a powerful force that is influenced by and influences evolution?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In your opinion, why does Ridley choose not to take a side in the debate of homosexuality and genetics? If a link between genetics and homosexuality is found, how will societies have to change? Do you think this is a positive or negative thing?

Essay Topic 2

How has biology intervened to change our ideas of what is beautiful or attractive? Why are men more attracted to thinner women, while women prefer an attractive man who has high status? Give reasons for your answers.

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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