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 does the author suggest might be better wording than "survival of the fittest"?
(a) Survival of the best.
(b) Survival of the most reliable.
(c) Survival of the most adaptable.
(d) Survival of the stable.

2. What do the letters A, T, C, and G stand for?
(a) Different types of nucleotides.
(b) Different types of DNA.
(c) Different types of genes.
(d) Different types of RNA.

3. What is the most stable result of the specific ESS simulation Dawkins describes?
(a) A 7:5 mixture of two kinds of behavior.
(b) A 3:2 mixture of two kinds of behavior.
(c) A 1:1 mixture of two kinds of behavior.
(d) A 1:4 mixture of two kinds of behavior.

4. From a gene's point of view, what does Dawkins say an organism is equally related to?
(a) A baby brother and a baby son.
(b) A father and a son.
(c) A cousin and a grandparent.
(d) A baby brother and a parent's sibling.

5. What does Dawkins speculate might be a reason a female animal could be tricked into raising a child that is not her own?
(a) The animal might make alliances for self-protection.
(b) The animal might gain practice for future offspring.
(c) The animal might identify specific genes it has in common with the child.
(d) The animal might misinterpret how related it is to the child.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is a recessive gene?

2. Who does Dawkins' idea of AI expand the idea of PI to include?

3. According to Dawkins, how might a gene that normally does something selfish end in doing something unselfish?

4. What happens in inversion?

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

(see the answer key)

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