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. Which of the following is not a DNA component?

2. In Chapter 30, the author notes that, in the past, some larger species became extinct because:

3. Scientists now believe that life began on Earth how long ago?

4. The KT meteor caused dinosaurs to become extinct but paved the way for what to become the new dominant species?

5. Anders Celsius, who designed the Celsius thermometer, was an:

Short Essay Questions

1. What are cyanobacteria? How did they affect the environment billions of years ago?

2. How are traits determined genetically?

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

4. How long do human cells live?

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

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

7. What is cytoplasm?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe, in detail, the composition and function of a cell.

Essay Topic 2

What is continental drift? How did this concept emerge within the scientific community? How long did it take for this idea to gain acceptance? What evidence pointed to the reality of continental drift?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the existence of bacteria on Earth with the existence of humans. Does one depend on the other? How so? Which organism is more resilient? Why?

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