A Short History of Nearly Everything Quiz | Eight Week Quiz F

Bill Bryson
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part 5, Chapter 24.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In 1971, Mike Voorhies discovered an amazing fossil bed in Nebraska full of skeletons of prehistoric animals killed 12 millions years ago. How did they die?
(a) Inhaling ash spewed by a volcano.
(b) Infected by deadly bacteria.
(c) Frozen in a freak snowstorm.
(d) Drowning in a massive flood.

2. Astronomer Edmond Halley approached mathematician Sir Isaac Newton to get his help figuring out why planets:
(a) Spin on their axes.
(b) Orbit the sun in ellipses.
(c) Are round.
(d) Vary in size.

3. The human body is composed of how many cells?
(a) 800 thousand.
(b) 10,000 trillion.
(c) 2,000 billion.
(d) 500 million.

4. Our universe is at least how many light-years wide?
(a) 50 million trillions.
(b) 100 billion.
(c) 350 trillion.
(d) 5 trillion.

5. What is an extremophile?
(a) An extremely large living organism.
(b) A researcher who explores extremely isolated regions.
(c) A scientist who studies climate extremes.
(d) An organism adapted to living in extreme conditions.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following is not one of the five major extinction episodes on Earth?

2. What components were central to the apparatus that Henry Cavendish used to determine the density of Earth?

3. What did the French Compte de Buffon claim about the New World (the Americas) compared to the known Old World?

4. Who postponed his honeymoon in order to write a scientific paper about the movements of electrons?

5. Most human body cells live how long?

(see the answer key)

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