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1 SAMPLE STUDY QUESTIONS FOR EEB 100 BEHAVIOR EXAM Here are some potential exam questions to give you an idea of the sorts of questions I may write, as well as quantitative practice working with some of the ideas. Subject matter on the final may, of course, differ. In addition to working through this, you should work through the large essay questions provided separately. Remember, this part of the class is designed to give you a solid introduction into the logic and conceptual framework of animal behavior. So, how should you study for this class? Find a partner and work with them. Integrate the lectures and your readings. Take synthetic notes. Design hypothetical experiments. Identify what sort of evidence is required to accept and reject hypotheses (we’re not focusing on statistics much here…but rather on the pattern of results). Identify links between lectures with the ideas and skills you’re learning. To do well in this class you’ll have to go beyond simple memorization and learn to work with these ideas to address possibly novel questions. The examples we go through are to illustrate a process; changing species or systems shouldn’t throw you if you’re learning the underlying principle rather than simply memorizing examples. True/False. Write T if the statement is true and F if the statement is false. 1) Foraging next to cover is always safer for prey. 2) Mullerian mimicry is frequency dependent. 3) Parental investment includes all energy invested into current offspring. 4) Dilution effects may prevent animals from joining groups. 5) R.C. Tryon’s experiments of maze running ability in rats demonstrate that maze running ability is a good measure of overall intelligence. Proximate/Ultimate Write P if the statement is a proximate statement, and U if the statement is an ultimate statement. 6) Male lions kill infants because sexually-selected infanticide is a trait shared with other felids.
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  • Fall '08
  • researcher, Kin selection, facial grooming behavior, apparent altruism

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