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

2. How does Dawkins argue for communication being selfish?
(a) By pointing out that communication is only understaken for specific, selfish ends.
(b) By pointing out that the ends of communiation benefit both parties.
(c) By pointing out lying and misleading communications.
(d) By pointing out that communication always has a main communcator.

3. What would molecules that broke down other self-copying molecules and used their parts eventually become?
(a) Plants.
(b) Inorganic materials.
(c) Single-celled organisms.
(d) Animals.

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

5. What kind of animals does the intruder retreat experiment by Niko Tinbergen use?
(a) Worms.
(b) Birds.
(c) Fish.
(d) Rats.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Dawkins' metaphor about DNA, how many books are on the bookshelf?

2. What type of math does the author discuss that's used to model how real animals behave in the world?

3. 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?

4. When a cell creates a sperm cell or egg cell with reduced DNA, what is the process called?

5. According to Dawkins, are the self-copying molecules that Dawkins discusses "life" or not?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Dawkins say that the book will tell about the argument of nature versus nurture?

2. How do genes directly and indirectly control behavior?

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

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

5. How does Dawkins say that DNA differs from blueprints for making a building?

6. Explain Dawkins' argument for why cannibalism is very rare.

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

8. According to Dawkins, what happened to self-copying molecules that were less successful?

9. Explain why Dawkins speculates that cannibalism might make sense within his selfish gene theory.

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

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