The Selfish Gene Quiz | Four Week Quiz B

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 10.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What apparently selfish act of gulls does the author describe?
(a) Eating others' baby chicks.
(b) Fighting for fish.
(c) "Ditching" the rest of the flock when a predator is spotted.
(d) Stealing another gull's nest.

2. What reason does Dawkins give that females care more for offspring?
(a) A female does not have the ability to reproduce again immediately.
(b) A female has already contributed more resources in terms of the egg.
(c) A female is naturally nurturing.
(d) A female has a greater relatedness to the offspring.

3. In Dawkins' examine of ESS simulations, what two kinds of creatures are there?
(a) Ones that always win, and ones that always lose.
(b) Ones that always fight, and ones that always back down.
(c) Ones that always cooperate, and ones that always fight.
(d) Ones that always run away, and ones that attack in stealth.

4. What does Dawkins speculate that cuckoo chicks might do?
(a) Blackmail parents into getting more food by screaming loud enough to attract predators.
(b) Kill other chicks in the nest.
(c) Steal food from other chicks in the nest.
(d) Scream less loud to not attract too much attention to themselves as intruders.

5. According to Dawkins, how might a gene that normally does something selfish end in doing something unselfish?
(a) The gene might change its role because of negative response to the selfish behavior.
(b) The selfish behavior gene cannot end in doing something unselfish.
(c) The selfish behavior, combined with other genes' behaviors, might create an unselfish-seeming behavior.
(d) The selfish behavior might be modified by external influences.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does longevity provide to an early molecule, according to Dawkins?

2. What does Wynne-Edwards suggest that animals do to communicate overpopulation?

3. What does Medawar's study conclude?

4. What type of math does the author discuss that's used to model how real animals behave in the world?

5. What happens to animals that tend to lose in fights?

(see the answer key)

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