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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which cells in an organism contain the creature's DNA?
(a) Paraxial cells.
(b) Barrier funciton cells.
(c) All of them.
(d) Interstitial cells.

2. When a cell creates a sperm cell or egg cell with reduced DNA, what is the process called?
(a) Plasmosis.
(b) Meiosis.
(c) Alleles.
(d) Mitosis.

3. What shape does the author say water molecules in space make?
(a) Elliptical.
(b) Octagonal.
(c) Round.
(d) Spiral.

4. What is a "war of attrition" based on in ESS?
(a) How many possible routes there are to a particular goal.
(b) How much time and energy a goal is worth.
(c) How often a goal will be abandoned.
(d) The amount of will and effort it takes to achieve a goal.

5. What does Dawkins point out about antelopes' herd behavior?
(a) The herd behavior sacrifices an individual for the species survival.
(b) The herd behavior gives indidivuals a better chance of survival.
(c) The herd behavior is fot the good of the species.
(d) The herd behavior is not an adaptation.

6. What example of the type of valued human behavior that perhaps influences people to believe in group selection does Dawkins give?
(a) Getting a job to beneift one's family.
(b) Volunteering for community service.
(c) Giving to a charitable organization to prevent world hunger.
(d) Asking people to go to war to protect their country.

7. 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 run away, and ones that attack in stealth.
(c) Ones that always win, and ones that always lose.
(d) Ones that always cooperate, and ones that always fight.

8. 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 he doesn't believe the examples he is citing are necessarily true.
(c) Because he is only concerned about appearances of selfishness.
(d) Because behavior may only seem selfish or unselfish.

9. In Dawkins' metaphor about DNA, how many books are on the bookshelf?
(a) Twenty-three.
(b) Fifty-four.
(c) Forty-six.
(d) Thirty-two.

10. How does Darwin characterize the idea that the goal of evolution is for a species to survive, so individuals will take actions that are good for the species?
(a) As fundamental to evolution.
(b) As a reasonable alternative hypothesis.
(c) As unscientific.
(d) As probable.

11. In Dawkins' discussion, what does he consider alleles to be, relative to genes?
(a) Cooperative partners.
(b) Rivals.
(c) Understudies.
(d) Immaterial extras.

12. In the set of bees Dawkins mentions that deal with this disease, what does a second gene the bees have do?
(a) Cause the bees to crush sick baby bees.
(b) Cause the bees to eat sick baby bees.
(c) Cause the bees to leave the hive where sick baby bees are.
(d) Cause the bees to throw sick baby bees out of the hive.

13. What almost always happens when copies of things are made, according to Dawkins?
(a) Confusion between copies and originals.
(b) An overabundance of copies.
(c) Mistakes in the copies.
(d) Conflict between the copies.

14. What apparently unselfish act of a bee does the author describe?
(a) Evacuating immature bees from an endangered hive.
(b) Bringing back pollen to help feed the whole colony.
(c) Losing its life to sting an intruder.
(d) Fighting off predators who are near the queen.

15. What does the author compare nerves to?
(a) An engine.
(b) Electrical wires.
(c) An abacus.
(d) A computer.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Dawkins postulate maintains sexual reproduction as a feature?

2. In Dawkins' metaphor about DNA, how does he describe the creation of new DNA by sexual reproduction?

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

4. In Dawkins' metaphor about DNA, what does the bookshelf represent?

5. What did scientists do to test the genes that controlled bee behavior?

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