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. When the same species live in regions separated by large bodies of water, what is the rationale for their existence?

2. How do scientists explain the presence of the same species in different locations?

3. Why might a hybrid species NOT survive birth?

4. What type of species are most likely to inter-breed?

5. How far are the Galapagos Islands from South America?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some general rules governing whether or not two species can produce fertile offspring?

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

3. How does the age of the earth play into natural selection?

4. How does less competition affect natural selection?

5. Why is adaptation necessary?

6. Why can't similarities in organ structure of different species be explained as being created individually?

7. What is one cause of a landmass changing the geological record?

8. How are fossils classified?

9. Why can't climate account for differences in organisms from one region to the next?

10. Why do rudimentary organs pose a problem for theorists that species were created independently?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Darwin uses the scientific method. How does he study nature and species using this method, and what is the significance of this method?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Thomas Malthus' principle of population growth and how it related to Darwin's theory of natural selection.

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