Minnesota Open 2008: Post-Colonial Collapse Disorder Packet by Matt Lafer, Ryan Westbrook, and Evan Nagler (featuring Charles Meigs) Edited by Rob Carson, Andrew Hart, Gautam Kandlikar, Charles Meigs, and Bernadette Spencer Tossups



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Hamilton’s Rule

[10] Niles Eldredge and Stephen Jay Gould introduced this theory to counter phyletic gradualism; it postulates that evolutionary change occurred in small parts of populations in rapid bursts.

ANSWER: punctuated equilibrium

[10] This doubly-eponymous hypothesis says that, in species with a long period of parental investment, parents in good condition exhibit a bias toward male offspring and those in poor condition have a bias toward female offspring.

ANSWER: Trivers-Willard Hypothesis [or T-W Hypothesis]
9. He wrote about Reverend Frank Lewis and Mr. Morgan in a crumbling church in “The Voice,” while his other famous stories include “The Spanish Virgin” and “Many are Disappointed.” For 10 points each:

[10] Name this English short story master also known for his memoirs A Cab at the Door and Midnight Oil.

ANSWER: V.S. Pritchett [Victor Sawdon




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