Chapter 5 Our Place In Nature: Humans As Primates

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  • 1. 
    The name most closely associated with the system traditionally used to classify living things is:
    • A. 

      Darwin

    • B. 

      Linnaeus

    • C. 

      Lyell

    • D. 

      Lamarck

  • 2. 
    The best analogue to the system of nested categories in taxonomy is:
    • A. 

      The three branches of the federal government

    • B. 

      The academic departments at a university

    • C. 

      The address on a letter

    • D. 

      The teams in major league sports

  • 3. 
    Which of the following is NOT a reason we humans are placed in kingdom Animalia?
    • A. 

      We ingest our food

    • B. 

      We have nervous systems and sense organs

    • C. 

      We are capable of intentional movement

    • D. 

      We reproduce sexually

  • 4. 
    Humans are members of phylum chordata because of our:
    • A. 

      Jointed legs

    • B. 

      Backbones

    • C. 

      Complex digestive systems

    • D. 

      Multicellular structure with hard parts

  • 5. 
    Which of the following are NOT vertebrates
    • A. 

      Sharks

    • B. 

      Apes

    • C. 

      Frogs

    • D. 

      Lobsters

  • 6. 
    Which of the following traits is possessed ONLY by mammals?
    • A. 

      Warm-bloodedness

    • B. 

      Birth of live young

    • C. 

      Nourishment of the young with milk

    • D. 

      Parental care of the young

  • 7. 
    Which of the following is NOT a trait of all mammals?
    • A. 

      Birth of live young

    • B. 

      Hair (at least at sometime in their evolutionary history)

    • C. 

      Milk for nourishing the young

    • D. 

      Warm-bloodedness

  • 8. 
    There are now about how many species of living primates?
    • A. 

      50

    • B. 

      100

    • C. 

      200

    • D. 

      The number is unknown

  • 9. 
    The most accurate description of the environment of the primate order is:
    • A. 

      Tropical

    • B. 

      Terrestrial

    • C. 

      Savanna

    • D. 

      Arboreal

  • 10. 
    The dominant sense of the primates is:
    • A. 

      Smell

    • B. 

      Vision

    • C. 

      Hearing

    • D. 

      Taste

  • 11. 
    Which is NOT a general trait of the movement of the primates?
    • A. 

      Quadrupedal walking

    • B. 

      Prehensile hands

    • C. 

      Opposable thumbs

    • D. 

      Habitual bipedal walking

  • 12. 
    The ability to grasp with the hands (and, sometimes, feet) is called:
    • A. 

      Opposability

    • B. 

      Manual dexterity

    • C. 

      Bipedalism

    • D. 

      Prehensile

  • 13. 
    The ability to touch the thumb with the tips of the other fingers is called:
    • A. 

      Prehensile

    • B. 

      Opposability

    • C. 

      Dexterity

    • D. 

      Grasping

  • 14. 
    Most primates give birth to:
    • A. 

      Litters of young

    • B. 

      Twins

    • C. 

      One offspring at a time

    • D. 

      Triplets

  • 15. 
    Primates have a long period of dependency after birth because:
    • A. 

      They are larger than most animals

    • B. 

      They are less well-adapted

    • C. 

      They develop slowly

    • D. 

      They have more to learn than most animals in order to survive

  • 16. 
    The brains of primates are:
    • A. 

      Larger in absolute size than the brains of any other mammals

    • B. 

      All as complex as the human brain

    • C. 

      Larger in relative size than the brains of other mammals

    • D. 

      The only mammalian brains capable of reasoning and problem solving

  • 17. 
    Primates live in societies based largely on:
    • A. 

      Unconscious herding behavior

    • B. 

      Collective relationships among a group of individuals

    • C. 

      Inborn, genetically-based behavior patterns

    • D. 

      Agreed upon, although unwritten, formalized laws

  • 18. 
    In some primates, there is differential social power and influence.  This is technically known as:
    • A. 

      Social status

    • B. 

      Dominance hierarchy

    • C. 

      Troop organization

    • D. 

      Charisma

  • 19. 
    A common primate practice that serves to both maintain hygiene and group harmony and unity is called:
    • A. 

      Bathing

    • B. 

      Dominance hierarchy

    • C. 

      Grooming

    • D. 

      Vocalization

  • 20. 
    Most prosimians now live:
    • A. 

      On mainland Africa

    • B. 

      On mainland Asia

    • C. 

      In the New World

    • D. 

      On Madagascar and the islands of Southeast Asia

  • 21. 
    Relative to the other primates, the prosimians:
    • A. 

      Are more intelligent

    • B. 

      Have better vision

    • C. 

      Have a better sense of smell

    • D. 

      Are more widely dispersed

  • 22. 
    Humans are considered:
    • A. 

      Old World primates

    • B. 

      New World primates

    • C. 

      Prosimians

    • D. 

      Apes

  • 23. 
    Humans differ LEAST from the other primates in:
    • A. 

      Locomotion

    • B. 

      Complexity and size of brain

    • C. 

      The senses

    • D. 

      Length of time of dependency and maturation

  • 24. 
    Humans differ MOST from the other primates in:
    • A. 

      The senses

    • B. 

      Living in social groups

    • C. 

      Sexual behavior

    • D. 

      Number of offspring at each birth

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