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. When the KT meteor that killed the dinosaurs hit Earth, what percentage of life on the planet perished?

2. Who was Robert Fitzroy?

3. Only one out of how many bones is ever fossilized?

4. 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?

5. How deep is Earth's atmosphere?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Bryson caution regarding extinction?

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

3. Describe the Indonesian volcanic eruption of 1815.

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

5. Describe the presence of bacteria in humans.

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

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

8. What does the author lament about the study of wildlife throughout much of human history?

9. How long do human cells live?

10. Why does Bryson say that fossils represent only a tiny fraction of life on Earth?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe how radiation was discovered. How was it researched? What happened to the researchers? What misunderstandings did people first have about radiation? How did these misunderstandings affect the public? What do we now know about radiation that people failed to recognize initially?

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

Explain supernovas. What exactly are they? Describe the mechanism behind them. How long do they last? What contributions do supernovas make to the universe?

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