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Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Dawkins, are mistakes in fidelity good or bad?
(a) They are always good.
(b) They are neither good nor bad.
(c) They are always bad.
(d) They are usually good, but sometimes bad.

2. What is the name of the bee disease that Dawkins mentions in his example?
(a) Foul brood.
(b) Stone brood.
(c) Chalk brood.
(d) Sac brood.

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

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

5. What two opposites does Dawkins say he is examining the biology of?
(a) Rationality and emotionalism.
(b) Selfishness and altruism.
(c) Self-centeredness and other-centeredness.
(d) Individuality and community.

6. Why does Dawkins say individuals within a species interact more with each other than with other species?
(a) Because they are more easily recognizable to each other since they are similar.
(b) Because they compete for the same resources using the same tools.
(c) Because they need each other to survive.
(d) Because they inhabit the same habitat.

7. What fundamental question does Dawkins want to consider?
(a) Why do people exist?
(b) Why does DNA exist?
(c) Why do genes exist?
(d) Why do molecules exist?

8. If two genes normally cooperate, what happens when one gene is missing?
(a) The other gene still causes the same total result but intermittently.
(b) The other gene still causes the same total result.
(c) The other gene no longer has any effect.
(d) The other gene still has an effect, but the total result is not the same.

9. How many nucleotide chains are in DNA?
(a) Five.
(b) Four.
(c) Three.
(d) Two.

10. How would the results differ if the goal were the success of the group?
(a) A group of only one kind of behavior would be more successful.
(b) A slightly differnet mixture of the two kinds of behavior would be more successful.
(c) The reverse of the mixture of two kinds of behavior would be more successful.
(d) The same mixture of two kinds of behavior would still be most successful.

11. To what does Dawkins compare ESS conclusions about individual behaviors within a species?
(a) Species behavior within an ecosystem.
(b) Gene development within DNA.
(c) DNA development within chromosomes.
(d) Cell development within an organ.

12. In Dawkins' description, how does a bully behave?
(a) A bully acts aggressively but only follows through with weak opponents.
(b) A bully acts aggressively but then always backs down.
(c) A bully acts aggressively but never confronts an opponent.
(d) A bully acts aggressively and always fights.

13. What hazard does the author identify in killing a rival?
(a) A stronger rival might take the rival's place.
(b) Others might try to revenge the rival.
(c) The attacker might be ostracized for killing the rival.
(d) The rival will no longer be able to cooperate to protect against enemies.

14. What would not have existed in early oceans, that would have allowed amino acids and proteins to exist for long periods of time, to slowly develop into more complex forms?
(a) Electricity.
(b) Acids.
(c) Sunlight.
(d) Enemies.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What apparently unselfish act of a bee does the author describe?

3. In the science fiction story Dawkins cites, who sends instructions through time?

4. How does the author say that human beings think of their own species?

5. In the science fiction story Dawkins cites, is the machine created by the instructions beneficial or dangerous?

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