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Bill Bryson
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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. In Chapter 23, the author discusses the battles that go on in the plant world regarding:
(a) Who owns plant patents.
(b) Using plants for medicinal purposes.
(c) Funding for plant research.
(d) What to name plants.

2. Scientist Johann Friedrich Miescher is known for:
(a) Discovering DNA.
(b) Cloning the first sheep.
(c) Decoding complex strands of DNA.
(d) Discovering mutant bacteria in undersea rocks.

3. Alan Thorne's multiregional hypothesis asserts that modern man evolved from:
(a) Seven families in seven regions across the globe.
(b) Three primary regions in Africa.
(c) Ongoing movement between cultures and regions.
(d) Four primary regions in northern Asia.

4. Only one out of how many bones is ever fossilized?
(a) A billion.
(b) A hundred.
(c) Five million.
(d) Fifty thousand.

5. According to Bryson, what percentage of all animal and plant life is yet to be discovered?
(a) 97.
(b) 32.
(c) 19.
(d) 54.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Species appear to exist, on average, how long?

3. Compared to at sea level, oxygen at a few thousand feet above sea level is:

4. Photosynthesis was developed during the early history of life on Earth by what?

5. Trilobites are fossils of what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Throughout the history of Earth, what are some of the causes of different species going extinct?

3. What is the water distribution across the world's major oceans?

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

5. What is Carl Linnaeus known for?

6. What does the author say about radioactive waste being dumped into oceans?

7. Why haven't scientists discovered every species of plant and animal life yet?

8. What are bipeds? What are some of the unique challenges they face because of their structure?

9. Describe the presence of bacteria in humans.

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

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