Practice Quiz for Introduction to Classification of Living Things

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1 About how many species have been given scientific names so far?
a)  100,000
b)  500,000
c)  1 million
d)  1 3/4 million
2 Most species:
a) are larger than 1 foot in length
b) live in tropical regions
c) live in temperate regions
3 Most ancient species:
a) are still surviving today
b) probably became extinct without leaving fossils
c) neither of the above
4 "Naming, describing, and classifying organisms into different categories based on their characteristics" is a definition of:
a) adaptive radiation
b) natural selection
c) taxonomy
5 When did the Western biological sciences begin to think of taxonomy as a reflection of evolutionary distances?
a) 1700's
b) 1800's
c) 1900's
6 The system of biological classification used today was created by:
a) Charles Darwin
b) Carolus Linnaeus
c) Stephen Jay Gould
7 Which of the Linnaean classification categories listed below is the highest level?
a) genus
b) species
c) sapiens
8 Newly discovered species are given ___________________ designations.
a) genus and species
b) binomen
c) Latin name
d) all of the above
9 Which of the following is the highest level of classification?
a) order
b) genus
c) family
10 For Carolus Linnaeus, living things:
a) are today as they were when they were created by God
b) have evolved in the past but not now
c) have evolved in the past and continue to evolve today
11 Charles Darwin believed that:
a) evolution occurs
b) natural selection is the cause of evolution
c) both of the above
12 The great diversity of life was largely caused by:
a) natural selection and adaptive radiation
b) taxonomy
c) Charles Darwin



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