A Short History of Nearly Everything Test | Final Test - Hard

Bill Bryson
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Each cell of the human body contains what length of DNA?

2. At this time, how many plant and animal species are becoming extinct per week?

3. Who was the first person to describe a cell?

4. The first hand axe was shaped with a stone how many years ago?

5. Of the available land on Earth, how much is suitable for people to live on?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the fossilized traces of microbes found in Greenland.

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

4. What is Carl Linnaeus known for?

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

6. What is cytoplasm?

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

8. What does Bryson caution regarding extinction?

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

10. Describe the presence of bacteria in humans.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain what makes a fossil so rare. What conditions are required for a fossil to form? What do scientists say about the number of species represented by fossils? Describe the completeness or incompleteness of fossil records.

Essay Topic 2

Describe who the following scientists were and how they started out in their careers, and explain what they are best known for:

1. Marie Curie.

2. Albert Einstein.

3. Carl Sagan.

Essay Topic 3

How has man influenced the extinction of plant and animal species? How does the author feel about this influence? What does his writing state or imply about what should be done differently?

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