The Selfish Gene Quiz | Four Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 4.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What would competition between early self-copying molecules be over?
(a) Space.
(b) Gaseous molecules.
(c) Building-block molecules.
(d) Water.

2. How does Dawkins characterize the natural world in his discussion of selfishness?
(a) As biased toward selecting particular behaviors.
(b) As dangerous and competitive.
(c) As well-balanced and selective.
(d) As alternately friendly and unfriendly.

3. How does Dawkins define communication?
(a) A mutually learned behavior resulting from genetic behaviors that help groups of gene machines maintain cohesiveness.
(b) A gene behavior that allows cooperation between multiple gene machines.
(c) A gene behavior that helps one group of genes survive by influencing the behavior of another.
(d) A learned behavior that is founded in genetic behaviors linking multiple gene machines.

4. In the science fiction story Dawkins cites, is the machine created by the instructions beneficial or dangerous?
(a) It is neither dangerous nor beneficial.
(b) It is both beneficial and dangerous, at different times.
(c) It is dangerous.
(d) It is beneficial.

5. What does the Watt Governor machine regulate?
(a) How fast its arms spin.
(b) How heavy it becomes.
(c) How hot it becomes.
(d) How high it rises.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do the letters A, T, C, and G stand for?

2. What type of animal brains does Dawkins say are most successful?

3. In the science fiction story Dawkins cites, what do the instructions make?

4. According to Dawkins, are the self-copying molecules that Dawkins discusses "life" or not?

5. In the set of bees Dawkins mentions that deal with this disease, what does a second gene the bees have do?

(see the answer key)

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