SC 135 - First Exam Fall 2011
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On the line to the left, place the letter of the choice that best answers the question.
Three Points Each. NOTE: "e" answers are never the correct answer.
1. Your experimental results should not be called proof because
_______ a. You haven't convinced enough peers
b. You haven't repeated the experiment enough times
c. Your hypothesis isn't clear enough
d. There might be another explanation for the results
e. If you do the Science Police will tase you
2. Evolution is driven powerfully by
_______ a. Changing conditions b. Needed changes
c. Future improvements d. Past progress
e. Giant doodly fingers
3. An experimental variable is called that because it changes
_______ a. As the experiment goes along
b. Between the hypothesis and the test
c. Between the experimental test and the control test
d. After you collect results and process them
e. Your life forever - no, wait, that's true love...
4. The ticks of a molecular clock are
_______ a. Cell generations b. Atomic vibrations
c. Releases of radiation d. Point mutations
e. Clocks can get ticks?
5. Respiration is always a process that involves
_______ a. Chemical energy b. Breathing
c. Oxygen d. Reproduction
e. Something doing something with something
6. Deciding if a group is a separate species is based upon
a. Reproductive success using a member from each group
b. Reproductive behavior in a natural setting
_______ c. Reproductive success of offspring from a group cross
d. Unique physical descriptions
e. Isn't that a Facebook status?
7. Organisms which are not closely related but which look or behave
in a very similar way probably went through
_______ a. Combined homologies b. Convergent evolution
c. Shared mutations d. Divergent evolution
e. The same summer camps
8. If the null hypothesis is true,
_______ a. The hypothesis can't be tested
b. There won't be a variable
c. Results can't be collected
d. The original hypothesis is wrong
e. Then everyone goes home
9. You can't run a test of a hypothesis if the hypothesis isn't
_______ a. Right b. Logical c. Predictive
d. Widely accepted e. Backed with lots of cash
10. Living things have _____-based chemistry and _____-based coding.
_______ a. Sugar...Protein b. DNA...sugar
c. Protein...DNA d. Protein...sugar
11. ______ are used to build _____, which are used to build ______.
_______ a. Tissues...cells...organs b. Cells...tissues...organs
c. Organs...tissues...cells d. Cells...organs...tissues
e. Insults...hurt feelings...nasty blogs.
12. In the most common form of peer review, the peer is
_______ a. Reading a paper submitted to a journal
b. Is working in a neighboring laboratory
c. Is visiting from another laboratory
d. On the committee that comes up with ideas
e. Probably going to point and laugh
Answer any eight of the following questions for 4 Points Each.
Note: if you answer more
than eight, only the first eight will be
Answer any four of the following questions for Eight Points Each.
Note: if you answer more
than four, only the first four will
Answer as many as you are able. Wrong answers will not result in points being lost from the main exam. You can get partial credit on these answers.
What sort of ecosystems were discovered at deep-sea hydrothermal vents? Three Points.
What is the biosphere? Three Points.
In different experiments, how is metabolism defined differently? Three Points.
Most prokaryotes can also be called what other common term? Three Points.
Why are most asexual reproducers very small? Three Points.
What is the extra blind in a triple-blind test? Three Points.
Why, exactly, are mice used in a lot of research? Three Points.
What species name abbreviation is widely known? Three Points.
What will the next way of determining if a group is a species probably be? Three Points.