Social Behavior: The Cost-Benefit of Altruism and Kin Selection


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When deciding if a specific action is worth the effort, an organism will consider the:

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1. Some male birds that did not find a mate will help raise the offspring of a relative. This self-sacrifice is best known as:

2. Which of the following is commonly identified as a risk to living in a social group?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Animals, just like humans, might belong to a social group. Find out what it means for an animal to partake in an altruistic social group. Either before or after reading our longer lesson on the topic, test your understanding of altruistic social behavior, and the pros and cons of living in a group.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This worksheet and quiz will teach you about:

  • Self-sacrifice
  • Cost of living in a social group
  • The choice of helping out a relative or stranger in a difficult situation

Skills Practiced

Use these skills when working with the worksheet and quiz:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related altruistic behavior lesson
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as various costs of living in a social group
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of kin selection

Additional Learning

The attached lesson, Social Behavior: The Cost-Benefit of Altruism and Kin Selection will prepare you to:

  • List the four types of social groups laid out in this lesson
  • Name the three main factors an animal considers before performing an altruistic act
  • Weigh the pros and cons of living in a social group
  • Define kin selection