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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the difference between the two types of variations discussed in Chapter 1: Variation Under Domestication?
(a) Location of variation.
(b) Degree of variation.
(c) The area affected by the variation.
(d) The species that variations happen to.

2. What other actions do birds use their wings for?
(a) Swimming.
(b) Cleaning.
(c) Running.
(d) Mating.

3. What classification has a large number of species?
(a) Flora.
(b) Organism.
(c) Genera.
(d) Colony.

4. What animal does Darwin use as an example of an intermediate form of a full-land and full-flying animal?
(a) Flying squirrel.
(b) Spider monkey.
(c) Penguin.
(d) Bat.

5. What is likely to NOT affect variations that are consistent among individuals?
(a) Natural selection.
(b) Competition.
(c) External factors.
(d) Domestication.

6. Who believed that humans would fall into starvation because they could not meet the needs of the population?
(a) Maltus.
(b) Hooker.
(c) Newton.
(d) Darwin.

7. Where does Darwin suggest transitional forms should be found?
(a) Regions near water.
(b) Regions near mountains.
(c) In fossil records.
(d) In all regions.

8. What do naturalists connect with species that have two or three variations?
(a) Intermediate generations.
(b) Fossil records.
(c) Future generations.
(d) Past generations.

9. Why does the point of possible starvation for animals occur sooner than for humans?
(a) Humans artificially produce food.
(b) Humans have better hunting tools.
(c) Humans can rely on dietary supplements.
(d) Humans can last longer on less food.

10. What does natural selection say must be true for change to be preserved?
(a) It must be unique.
(b) It must be beneficial to the species.
(c) It must be universal.
(d) It must be genetic.

11. What do scientists attribute to organs that cannot be explained by natural selection?
(a) Inheritance.
(b) Disuse.
(c) Use.
(d) Overuse.

12. What is unique about white cats with blue eyes?
(a) They are not seen in the wild.
(b) They are deaf.
(c) They do not reproduce.
(d) They are blind.

13. What does the process of species growth suggest about species that are transported into foreign regions?
(a) They inter-breed.
(b) They prosper.
(c) They do not prosper.
(d) They stay stagnant.

14. What do most organisms have a very good ability to do?
(a) Alter their biological makeup.
(b) Adapt.
(c) Migrate.
(d) Reproduce.

15. What does Darwin say will happen to species that do not adapt?
(a) They are stronger than others.
(b) They become smaller in size.
(c) They are weeded out.
(d) Nothing.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the absence of complete facts with Darwin's theory open the theory up to?

2. Which of the following tends to live over larger areas?

3. Who is one individual that Darwin mentions as helping him in every way prior to the publication of The Origin of Species?

4. What is one reason that some species' traits are different from other species?

5. What term refers to exactly how species change over time?

(see the answer keys)

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