Here are some thought questions to test your knowledge of the material covered in the first third of this course (EEB318). Although the exam will be multiple ‐ choice format, these questions are meant to illustrate the kind of information you should be prepared to understand. The scope of questions on the exam will of course include issues not included specifically in these study questions. Note that you will not be permitted a calculator during the exam, so any possible calculations on the exam would be very simple. 1) What are the major modes of selection on quantitative traits? What are their effects on trait values? 2) What is the difference between absolute and relative measures of fitness? Why would one be interested in one versus the other? 3) What are the two major modes of selection on genotypes? What are some other ways of describing selective effects on genotypes? What are the most likely effects of each on the fate of an allele?
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