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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The author seems to condemn the fact that, over the years, studying wildlife meant what?
(a) Mere recreation for the wealthy.
(b) Destroying the environment.
(c) Nothing to the average person.
(d) Capturing and killing it.

2. When oceanographer Jacques Piccard and a U.S. Navy sailor descended more than 35,000 feet to the deepest part of the world's oceans, what happened?
(a) The power went out in their ocean capsule.
(b) They were stranded there for days and nearly died.
(c) They startled a flat fish upon touching down.
(d) They saw the remains of a sunken ship.

3. A Swedish DNA study concludes that all modern humans descended from how many people in Africa?
(a) 80,000.
(b) 500.
(c) 10,000.
(d) 2,000.

4. How many chromosomes are there inside a human cell's nucleus?
(a) 32.
(b) 21.
(c) 46.
(d) 15.

5. Of all the elements occurring naturally on Earth, how many does the author say are central to life?
(a) 6.
(b) 10.
(c) 20.
(d) 1.

Short Answer Questions

1. Most human traits, including eye color, are determined by:

2. What is the name of the Navy-funded mini submarine often used in undersea explorations?

3. Trilobites are fossils of what?

4. The author states that one scientist claimed there is less genetic diversity among the entire human population than there is among a:

5. Bacteria take nitrogen from the air and form it into what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did scientists find in the Burgess Shale of British Columbia?

2. What is a hominid? Describe some of the hominids that existed in the past.

3. What does the author say about oxygen and the highest elevations people can live at?

4. How many elements occur naturally on Earth? How many are central to life?

5. How much of Earth's land is suitable for humans to live on?

6. What did Charles Darwin do on the HMS Beagle?

7. Describe what happened when the KT meteor crashed on Earth, killing off the dinosaurs.

8. What type of scientific work did the monk and scientist Gregor Mendel do?

9. How are scientific discoveries challenging the understanding of human evolution?

10. How does DNA replicate itself?

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