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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 6, Sexual Selection, and the Origin of Human Races.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. H. erectus was not the first upright hominid but bears the appellation. Why?
(a) Because it was the first upright hominid discovered.
(b) Because it was the most upright of all the hominids.
(c) Because it is the easiest to identify of all hominids.
(d) Because it is the tallest of all hominids.

2. How do scientists know that about four millions of years ago the first proto-human hominids began to walk upright?
(a) Footprints have been left by these proto-human hominids.
(b) The food eaten by the proto-human hominids is different than previous species.
(c) The skeletons of chimpanzees have been found from the same time period.
(d) From analyzing skeletal limb changes discovered in the fossil record.

3. Why is human sexuality an unusually developed trait for primates?
(a) Humans are monogamous.
(b) Most primates rarely engage in sexual acts.
(c) It is largely divorced from reproduction.
(d) It is very connected to reproduction.

4. What does the author say about any human trait?
(a) It is uniquely human.
(b) It can be found among other animals but not to the degree exhibited by humans.
(c) It is very rarely found among other primates.
(d) Only a few other animals have similar traits to humans.

5. About 200,000 years ago, H. sapiens appears to have diverged into two distinct lineages usually known as what?
(a) Homo erectus.
(b) Neanderthals.
(c) Cro-Magnon man.
(d) Homo sapiens.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Chapter 2 present?

2. The author presents a greatly simplified view of the evolutionary process where numerous uncertain elements are noted but dismissed. For what does this allow?

3. One of the most intriguing results of this analysis is the observation of ___________________________.

4. When did a great division in the human lineage occur?

5. What is the size ratio between a male and female in monogamous species?

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