The Selfish Gene Quiz | Eight Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 2.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does the author use the word "apparently" to describe selfish or unselfish behavior?
(a) Because he doesn't really believe in the terms selfish and unselfish.
(b) Because behavior may only seem selfish or unselfish.
(c) Because he doesn't believe the examples he is citing are necessarily true.
(d) Because he is only concerned about appearances of selfishness.

2. What would molecules that grouped and built protective walls around themselves become?
(a) Animals.
(b) Plants.
(c) Single-celled organisms.
(d) Inorganic materials.

3. What would give longevity to early self-duplicating molecules, according to Dawkins?
(a) Greater stability.
(b) Smaller numbers of elements.
(c) Greater flexibility.
(d) Larger numbers of components.

4. What molecules does Dawkins say existed in ancient seas and formed amino acids?
(a) Water, nitrogen, hydrogen, and sulfur.
(b) Carbon dioxide, nitrogen, sulfur, and amonia.
(c) Methane, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen.
(d) Water, carbon dioxide, methane, and amonia.

5. What apparently selfish act of the praying mantis does the author describe?
(a) Fighting over an aphid colony.
(b) Leading another mantis into a spider's web.
(c) Injuring another mantis that enters a claimed territory.
(d) A female eating her mate.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What example of the type of valued human behavior that perhaps influences people to believe in group selection does Dawkins give?

3. What apparently selfish act of the penguin does the author describe?

4. What almost always happens when copies of things are made, according to Dawkins?

5. What process does the existence of Dawkins' imagined early molecules closely resemble?

(see the answer key)

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