Grossmont College Chimpanzee Behavior & Evolution Essay

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This is the book we use for this class relate it to the book

How Humans Evolved


Robert Boyd & Joan B. Silk

Chimpanzee Behavior Essay Instructions

Read the directions and answer ONE of the questions in essay form.

  1. Identify which film you watched.
  2. Identify which question you are answering.
  3. You must include the question in the title of your essay, or in the first paragraph.
  4. Include information from the text book and the film.

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Watch the film: Among the Wild Chimpanzees. Write an essay answering ONE of the questions.

Among the Wild Chimpanzees (Goodall film) questions:
(Under NO circumstances should you refer to Goodall by using only her first name. If you do, I will require that you re-write your paper and take a late penalty.)

Answer one of the questions as thoroughly and thoughtfully as possible, in an essay.

1. Can you determine what hypotheses Dr. Goodall had in mind as she conducted her research? What do you think they were? Why? Does her hypothesis fit into the theories described in your text book? If yes, which theory? Be specific. Use examples. Cite your work.

2. Is the data that Goodall collected compelling to you? That is, does it fit into the theories described in your text book? If yes, which theory? What is it, and what was her data? Be specific. Use examples. Cite your work.

3. When Dr. Goodall began her research, she was criticized for giving the chimpanzees names instead of numbers. What advantage does giving the chimpanzees names offer for her research? That is, does it fit into any of the theories described in your text book? If yes, which theory? Use information from the textbook as well as the excerpt to answer this question. Be specific. Use examples. Cite your work.



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