On the Origin of Species Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 is one river that Darwin gives as an example of one that has dramatically changed over the years?

2. Which of the following refers to ways by which an organism could spread to a new area that would NOT typically occur naturally?

3. What is on the seeds of plants that helps them reproduce?

4. What does Darwin suggest is the only logical way to classify organisms?

5. What happens to life forms that do NOT adapt?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Darwin explain similarities in embryos?

2. What are three facts that can be explained by natural selection as discussed in Chapter 11?

3. How does less competition affect natural selection?

4. How does Darwin explain how the same genus of species are found in different geographical regions?

5. Why does Darwin use a fish and a reptile as comparisons?

6. How do physical barriers correlate with differences in creatures that inhabit a region?

7. What does Darwin suggest about the milking behaviors of ants on some insects?

8. How can naturalists determine if land masses were once connected?

9. Why is adaptation necessary?

10. How can the phenomenon of ancient species resembling current living groups be explained?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Accidental means of dispersal is one type of migration. Do you think this is an affective means of migration? When this occurs, do you think a species will need to adapt, or could they remain the same? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Darwin discusses differences due to barriers. Discuss this rationality. Does Darwin's explanation make sense? Are there examples that may prove/disprove this rationale?

Essay Topic 3

Darwin understands that his research methods are inadequate for the extent of his theory. Why do you think he admits this flaw, and how does Darwin propose to overcome flaws in his research?

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