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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What type of math does the author discuss that's used to model how real animals behave in the world?
(a) Approximation theory.
(b) Game theory.
(c) Chaos theory.
(d) Probability theory.

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

3. In the science fiction story Dawkins cites, is the machine created by the instructions beneficial or dangerous?
(a) It is dangerous.
(b) It is neither dangerous nor beneficial.
(c) It is both beneficial and dangerous, at different times.
(d) It is beneficial.

4. 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 stable.
(d) Survival of the most adaptable.

5. What does Dawkins say readers can think of DNA as?
(a) A computer controling the body.
(b) A set of general guidelines.
(c) A set of plans.
(d) A dictatorial ruler.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In Dawkins' discussion, what does he consider alleles to be, relative to genes?

3. Do one-celled animals seem to have purpose and intention, according to the author?

4. What does ESS stand for?

5. How does Dawkins argue for communication being selfish?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do animals become active and quicker than plants?

2. Describe the results of the intruder retreat experiment done by Niko Tinbergen.

3. What happens to genes in sexual reproduction?

4. How are the beginning and end of genes in DNA marked?

5. What does Dawkins have to say about the phrase "to ensure the survival of the species?"

6. How does Dawkins view whether fidelity is important to evolution?

7. What does Dawkins say would happen if a selfish member of a species were born into a species of unselfish members?

8. What is a cistron?

9. In ESS simulations, what happens when a hawk enters a stable group of doves?

10. How does Dawkins view many-celled life forms?

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