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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What has been learned about this species?
2. Why does a parallel process not exist for men?
3. Ideals of beauty vary ___________________ from culture to culture.
4. Why is human sexuality an unusually developed trait for primates?
5. Why does the author reason "like marries like?"
Short Essay Questions
1. What are the risks of extra-marital affairs for men and women?
2. What evidence exists about people who are raised around members of a race different from their own genetic race?
3. What is the significance of hidden estrus?
4. What is evident about the human race?
5. What is an optimal organism?
6. What traits are extremely highly correlated to sexual attractiveness?
7. What is the conventional wisdom regarding pre-agricultural hunter-gatherer societies? Is this correct?
8. What does the author think about humans and chimps and how they should be properly considered, regarding species and genus?
9. When do various primates break off from the remaining higher primates?
10. How does Chapter 5 begin?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The book poses the question, why did Europeans conquer the Americas?
Part 1) According to this book, how were Europeans able to conquer the Americas, as well as many other lands around the world? Do you agree with the author's reasoning? Why or why not?
Part 2) Does this type of conquering still exist today? Why or why not?
Part 3) How has the conquering by the Europeans affected many cultures and societies around the world? What does this reveal about the power of the European people?
Essay Topic 2
The author investigates rudimentary human languages such as pidgins and creoles.
Part 1) What are pidgins and creoles? How do they differ from other languages?
Part 2) What is the purpose of pidgins and creoles? Why has the author decided to discuss them?
Part 3) How do pidgins and creoles help support the author's view about the gap that exists between human language and animal vocalizations?
Essay Topic 3
Ernst Mayr's biological species concept is used as the de facto biological definition of species.
Part 1) What is Ernst Mayr's biological species concept? Why is it used as the de facto biological definition of species?
Part 2) Is the concept appropriate for defining species? Why or why not?
Part 3) What other information in this text might be viewed as incomplete or incorrect? Why? How does this affect the validity of the book as a whole?
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