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. What are eukarya?

2. The early Cambrian period, or the Cambrian explosion, refers to a time how long ago?

3. Trilobites are fossils of what?

4. During the Cryogenian period 1.2 billion years ago, Earth was:

5. What is the current estimate of the number of species that have lived on Earth since the beginning of life on our planet?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is Carl Linnaeus known for?

5. What does the author say about bacteria and humans, particularly their interaction?

6. What is cytoplasm?

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

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

9. How long do human cells live?

10. How are traits determined genetically?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe earthquakes, including the mechanism behind them, where they can hit, and how they are measured.

Essay Topic 2

The author shares many stories of one person making an important discovery and someone else getting credit for it. Cite two examples of this. Why does Bryson discuss these cases? What do you feel he is trying to reveal about scientific discoveries and the scientific community?

Essay Topic 3

When Charles Darwin came up with the concept of evolution and natural selection, he was met by much opposition. Describe the controversy surrounding Darwin's theories. Why did people oppose his observations? How did he feel about this? Scientifically, what made his theories seem improbable?

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