Quiz: Assessing Knowledge About Disease.

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Disease Quizzes & Trivia

Whatever you may get diagnosed with throughout your life, you can rest assured that a good foundation of knowledge on the causes, symptoms and treatments of any given ailment is important for understanding and ultimately attempting to conquer it. Take this quiz if you want to assess your knowledge about disease.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    An infectious disease is a disease that
    • A. 

      Is caught becuase the weather turns cold

    • B. 

      Is caused by pathogens

    • C. 

      Can be spread only by bacteria

    • D. 

      Cannot be cured

  • 2. 
    Louis Pasteur demonstrated that killing organisms that cause a disease could
    • A. 

      Prevent the spread of that disease

    • B. 

      Be accomplished only with antibiotics

    • C. 

      Be accomplished only with over-the-counter medications

    • D. 

      Make a person sick with that disease

  • 3. 
    How are colds and flu usually spread?
    • A. 

      By cold weather

    • B. 

      Through an animal bite

    • C. 

      From pathogens that live naturally in soil

    • D. 

      By direct or indirect contact with infected persons

  • 4. 
    Lyme disease is spread by
    • A. 

      Coughing or sneezing

    • B. 

      Eating contaminated food

    • C. 

      The bite of an infected tick

    • D. 

      Drinking contaminated water

  • 5. 
    • A. 

      Chemicals kill some pathogens

    • B. 

      Mucus and cilia trap pathogens

    • C. 

      Phagocytes in the breathing passages destroy pathogens

    • D. 

      They produce antibodies that kill pathogens

  • 6. 
    A cut in the skin can lead to an infection because
    • A. 

      It interferes with the immune system's ability to fight disease

    • B. 

      It allows pathogens to get into the body

    • C. 

      The cut destroys the cilia that remove bacteria

    • D. 

      The cut kills phagocytes

  • 7. 
    What type of white blood cells are part of the inflammatory response?
    • A. 

      Phagocytes

    • B. 

      B cells

    • C. 

      T cells

    • D. 

      Cilia

  • 8. 
    The inflammatory response is called a general defense because
    • A. 

      It responds in the same way to any kind of pathogen

    • B. 

      All the organ systems of the body are involved in it

    • C. 

      It kills every pathogen that gets into the body

    • D. 

      It is more effective than any of the body's other responses to disease

  • 9. 
    Which cells in the immune system identify pathogens and distinguish one pathogen from another?
    • A. 

      T cells

    • B. 

      B cells

    • C. 

      Phagocytes

    • D. 

      Red blood cells

  • 10. 
    Immunity is the body's ability to
    • A. 

      Distinguish pathogens from one another

    • B. 

      Destroy pathogens before they can cause disease

    • C. 

      Fight disease with the inflammation response

    • D. 

      Produce antigens

  • 11. 
    How does the body acquire active immunity to a disease without getting the disease?
    • A. 

      Through vaccination

    • B. 

      Through an allergic reaction

    • C. 

      By means of the inflammatory response

    • D. 

      By means of passive immunity

  • 12. 
    Passive immunity is different from active immunity because passive immunity
    • A. 

      Does not protect a person from disease

    • B. 

      Protects a person from many different disease

    • C. 

      Lasts a long time

    • D. 

      Involves antibodies that have not been produced by the body of the immunized person

  • 13. 
    Newborn babies have passive immunity to many diseases because
    • A. 

      Babies' T cells are more active than those of adults

    • B. 

      Babies are given antibiotice immediately after birth

    • C. 

      Babies are vaccinated immediately after birth

    • D. 

      Babies have antibodies that were produced by their mothers' bodies

  • 14. 
    A chemical that kills bacteria or slows their growth is called a(n)
    • A. 

      Antibody

    • B. 

      Antibiotic

    • C. 

      Aspirin

    • D. 

      Decongestant

  • 15. 
    Joseph Lister hypothesized that microorganisms caused infections in operation wounds. What technique did Lister use to test his hypothesis?
    • A. 

      Washing his hands in carbolic acid before surgery

    • B. 

      Washing surgical instruments in carbolic acid before surgery

    • C. 

      Wrapping his patients' wounds in bandages dipped in carbolic acid after surgery

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 16. 
    A disorder in which the immune system is overly sensitive to a substance not normally found in the body is called
    • A. 

      A carcinogen

    • B. 

      An antibody

    • C. 

      An allergy

    • D. 

      Diabetes

  • 17. 
    What does the body produce when lymphocytes encounter an allergen?
    • A. 

      Carcinogens

    • B. 

      Histamine

    • C. 

      Insulin

    • D. 

      Tumors

  • 18. 
    If a person's pancreas doesn't produce enough insulin, the person has
    • A. 

      AIDS

    • B. 

      A disease caused by bacteria

    • C. 

      Diabetes

    • D. 

      Allergies

  • 19. 
    Why is a person with diabetes often hungry?
    • A. 

      The body cells don't take in enough glucose

    • B. 

      The body cells take in too much glucose

    • C. 

      The body cells use too much insulin

    • D. 

      The body cells grow uncontrollably

  • 20. 
    In which disease do a person's body cells multiply uncontrollably?
    • A. 

      Cancer

    • B. 

      Asthma

    • C. 

      Diabetes

    • D. 

      AIDS

  • 21. 
    Radiation treatment kills cancer cells by
    • A. 

      Exposing the cancer cells to sunlight

    • B. 

      Taking X-ray photographs of the tumor

    • C. 

      Using drugs that kill cancer cells but don't harm healthy body cells

    • D. 

      Killing cancer cells with high-energy waves

  • 22. 
    Which kind of pathogen causes athlete's foot?
    • A. 

      Bacteria

    • B. 

      Viruses

    • C. 

      Protists

    • D. 

      Fungi

  • 23. 
    • A. 

      White blood cells destroy pathogens

    • B. 

      Chemicals may cause a fever

    • C. 

      Swelling increases blood flow to the infected area

    • D. 

      Antibodies are produced

  • 24. 
    Substances that can cause cancer are called?
    • A. 

      Carcinogens

    • B. 

      Histamines

    • C. 

      Asthma

    • D. 

      Tumors

  • 25. 
    How does HIV damage the immune system?
    • A. 

      By destroying T cells

    • B. 

      By destroying B cells

    • C. 

      By damaging antibodies

    • D. 

      By delaying the inflammation response

  • 26. 
    When a person's own immune system produces antibodies in response to the presence of a pathogen, that person has
    • A. 

      An allergic reaction

    • B. 

      Passive immunity

    • C. 

      Active immunity

    • D. 

      An antibiotic

  • 27. 
    Cigarette smoke contains tar, which is a(n)
    • A. 

      Allergen

    • B. 

      Carcinogen

    • C. 

      Histamine

    • D. 

      Pathogen