The Ants Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Bert Hölldobler
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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 terms describes an ant colony's maintenance by self-regulation?

2. In the woodlands of New England, ants move as much soil as what other insect?

3. Which of the following is NOT a factor distracting from optimal foraging within an ant colony?

4. What happens to the offspring of a queen when she is forced into a polygyny society?

5. Which of the following is NOT a category of ant communication?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens during the founding stage of an ant colony?

2. How have leafcutter ants altered the landscape in which they live?

3. What controversy surrounds the ant fossil discovered in the Victoria, Australia by Jell and Duncan in 1986?

4. What happens during the ergonomic stage of an ant colony?

5. How do ant colonies succeed in securing true slavery?

6. What are some of the ways ant colonies control the numbers of queens present in their colony?

7. How are ant colonies defined?

8. Why are extra queens often considered an unnecessary burden within a colony?

9. How do male ants function within the colony caste system?

10. Why does Wilson think vertebrate animals are heavily favored in science books?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The process of brooding young larvae is one of the most important processes in an ant colony. Explain the role the queen ant has in breeding her young. Explain the role worker ants have in the brooding. Finally, explain how chemical alteration of the larvae affects their brooding process.

Essay Topic 2

Pheromones are considered the most important asset to ant communication. Describe two different ways in which ants communicate using their pheromones. Explain how pheromones are emitted from the ant's body in both liquid and gas forms.

Essay Topic 3

Many ant colonies participate in slavery techniques that boost productivity with in the colony. Define the term "true slavery" as it is discussed in the novel. Explain what methods are traditionally used by ant colonies to secure slaves within their nest. Finally, explain how slave work functions within a colony? How it preserves maximum output for minimal effort.

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