Practice Quiz

Evolutionary Biology


    True and False Questions

  1. Today’s protists are polyphyletic, indicating that plants, animals, and fungi all originated from the same ancestral group.

    a) True
    b) False

  2. Amebic dysentery is transmitted by the female Anopheles mosquito.

    a) True
    b) False


    Multiple Choice Questions - Choose the best available answer.

  3. The membrane-bounded organelles that are thought to have originated as endosymbionts are

    a) the nucleus and mitochondria
    b) the nucleus and chloroplasts
    c) mitochondria and lysosomes
    d) mitochondria and chloroplasts

  4. Mitochondria have

    a) their own DNA and ribosomes
    b) their own DNA, but no ribosomes
    c) heir own ribosomes, but no DNA
    d) neither DNA nor ribosomes of their own

  5. Common modes of nutrition among protists include

    a) predation, but not autotrophy
    b) photosynthesis, but not parasitism
    c) both heterotrophy and autotrophy
    d) both chemoautotrophy and photoautotrophy

  6. Reproduction of protists where mitosis is followed by cell division is termed ___________ and is _________.

    a) fission; sexual
    b) fission; asexual
    c) fragmentation; sexual
    d) fragmentation; asexual

  7. Which organism is not a protist?

    a) paramecium
    b) malaria-causing organism
    c) organism that causes Africa sleeping sickness
    d) organism that causes AIDS
    e) slime molds

  8. Gametophytes are __________ and produce __________.

    a) diploid; gametes
    b) haploid; spores
    c) diploid; spores
    d) haploid; gametes

  9. In the sporophyte generation of plants, the process of __________ leads to the production of __________.

    a) mitosis; spores
    b) meiosis; spores
    c) mitosis; gametes
    d) meiosis; gametes

  10. Flagellates and amebas are members of the phylum

    a) Sarcomastigophora
    b) Ciliophora
    c) Dinoflagellates
    d) Apicomplexa

  11. Most of the slime molds could be described as

    a) predators
    b) parasites
    c) autotrophs
    d) decomposers

  12. A lichen is a symbiontic association between

    a) myxomycota and oomycetes
    b) algal and fungal cells
    c) an alga and a slime mold
    d) an alga and a water mold

  13. The organisms responsible for "red tides" are found among which group?

    a) dinoflagellates
    b) red algae
    c) euglenoids
    d) diatoms

  14. The photosynthetic system in Euglena is similar to that found in green plants because it uses

    a) chlorophylls a and b
    b) chlorophylls a and c
    c) chlorphylls a and d
    d) fucoxanthin

  15. The largest of the multicellular algae would probably be found among the

    a) rockweeds
    b) kelps
    c) sea lettuce
    d) Acetabularia

  16. A good example of a colonial green alga is

    a) Volvox
    b) Chlamydomonas
    c) Acetabularia
    d) Ulva

  17. Which of the following is (was) not a coelomate?

    a) crab
    b) robin
    c) earthworm
    d) tapeworm

  18. Which mollusk is considered to be the most different from the presumed ancestral mollusk?

    a) chiton
    b) snail
    c) squid
    d) clam
    e) slug


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