SC 139 - First Exam 2011
Numbers are linked to relevant passages in the book.
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. The most common point at which peer review enters
into modern science happens when
_______ a. Hypotheses are being formed b. Experiments are being designed
c. Results are being processed d. Research is being published
e. Everybody gets together to bother the patients
2. Homeogenes or HOX genes are involved with
d. Disease resistance e. Stuff you'd need in the 'hood
3. Malthus lived in London and wrote about the effects of
4. Fossil bones seem "rocky" because
c. Drying makes them that way d. The bones were like that
e. It'd be silly for them to seem "bullwinkle"
5. The main purpose of a control in an experiment is to
6. Charles Lyell's ideas of geologic uniformitarianism
and the history of the Earth has affected most theories on evolution.
a. Real changes have come about through mutations
b. Traits acquired through a parent's lifetime are sent on to offspring
_______ c. Changes have been very slow and gradual
d. All of these come from geologic uniformitarianism
e. Terms over 15 letters long should be outlawed
7. A critical location for the development of the Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection, seeing it in action, was
8. As a round cell increases in size,
c. Its volume increases much more slowly than its surface area d. All of these
e. This looks like a math problem. Why is there a math problem?
9. Life coming from non-living objects is called
e. Horror movie standard plot
10. The fitness of an adaptation is determined by
11. Darwin waited to publish his ideas until
c. He had built up enough evidence to satisfy himself d. He arrived back in England
e. He could make gobs of money with them
The appearance, in many different animal groups, of a wormy
shape is due to
_______ a. Asexual
reproduction b. Divergent evolution
c. Sexual reproduction
Answer any four of the following questions for Eight Points Each.
Note: if you answer more
than four, only the first four will
BONUS QUESTIONS. 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.
Prokaryotes are commonly called what? Three Points.
For the newer version of the classification system, what level has been added (Three Points), and where does it go? (Three Points)
Fairly soon, how are species likely to be defined? Three Points.
What was wrong with the first version of Redi's famous experiment? Three Points.
Why is it wrong to say that scientific testing has proven a hypothesis? Three Points.
What reinterpretation of the Bible was suggested to explain extinctions? Three Points.
Why did the Beagle people take Darwin onto the ship? Three Points.
What was the first part of Darwin's On the Origin of Species book about? Three Points.
Fossils of plants and soft-bodied animals begin in what environment? Three Points.
The fossil record is often said to be very incomplete, but it really isn't. What about the record is incomplete? Three Points