Characteristics Of Living Things Quiz

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This is a comprehensive quiz containing questions and answers on the characteristics of living things. Living things are all the plants and animals found on earth. They rely on each other to maintain life. Some of the common characteristics they have with each other are their ability to respond to the environment they exist in, grow, breathe, and reproduce. By taking this quiz, you will get to refresh your memory on the rest of them. How about you give it a shot? Let's go!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    All matter can be considered living or non-living.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    This statement is correct (if it has to be either one or the other). Matter can be classified as living or non-living based on its ability to exhibit life processes such as growth, reproduction, and response to stimuli. However, not all matter can be considered living. Non-living matter includes substances like rocks, water, and air, which do not possess the characteristics of living organisms.

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  • 2. 

    Living things are made by non-living things.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Living things are not made by non-living things. Instead, living things are formed through biological processes such as reproduction, where living organisms give rise to new individuals of the same species. Non-living things, on the other hand, do not possess the ability to reproduce or give rise to living organisms. Therefore, the statement that living things are made by non-living things is false.

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  • 3. 

    Living things rely on other living things to stay alive.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Living things rely on other living things to stay alive because they are interconnected in various ways. For example, plants rely on sunlight, water, and nutrients from the soil, as well as pollinators for reproduction. Animals rely on plants for food and oxygen, and some animals rely on other animals for food. This interdependence ensures the balance of ecosystems and the survival of different species. Therefore, it is true that living things depend on each other to meet their basic needs and sustain life.

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  • 4. 

    Jon noticed that a certain object can move but it cannot feed. Therefore the object is living.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The given statement is false because the ability to move alone does not determine if an object is living. Living organisms have various characteristics, including the ability to grow, reproduce, respond to stimuli, and obtain and use energy. The fact that the object cannot feed suggests that it lacks the ability to obtain and use energy, which is a fundamental characteristic of living organisms. Therefore, the object is most likely non-living.

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  • 5. 

    What is the genetic material found in living cells?

    • A.

      DNA

    • B.

      RNA

    • C.

      Protein

    • D.

      Carbohydrate

    Correct Answer
    A. DNA
    Explanation
    DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid) is the genetic material that carries the hereditary information in living cells and is responsible for transmitting genetic traits from one generation to the next.

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  • 6. 

    The following is/are characteristic(s) of living things.

    • A.

      Feeding, movement, evaporation

    • B.

      Feeding, Respiration, movement

    • C.

      Respiration, movement,evaporation

    Correct Answer
    B. Feeding, Respiration, movement
    Explanation
    Feeding, respiration, and movement are characteristics of living things because they are essential for the survival and functioning of organisms. Feeding refers to the intake of nutrients and energy required for growth and maintenance. Respiration is the process by which organisms obtain energy from the breakdown of nutrients. Movement allows organisms to interact with their environment, find food, escape predators, and reproduce. Evaporation, on the other hand, is a physical process that occurs in both living and non-living things and is not specific to living organisms.

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  • 7. 

    Another word for living things is:

    • A.

      Organ

    • B.

      Organism

    • C.

      Organelle

    Correct Answer
    B. Organism
    Explanation
    Living things are commonly referred to as organisms. An organism is a complete individual that exhibits all the characteristics of life, such as growth, reproduction, metabolism, and response to stimuli. It can be a single-celled organism, like bacteria, or a multicellular organism, like plants, animals, or humans. The term "organism" encompasses all living entities, making it synonymous with "living things."

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  • 8. 

    To be considered alive an object must have:

    • A.

      At least one charchteristic of living things

    • B.

      Most characteristics of living things

    • C.

      All the characteristics of living things.

    Correct Answer
    C. All the characteristics of living things.
    Explanation
    To be considered alive, an object must have all the characteristics of living things. These characteristics typically include the ability to grow, reproduce, respond to the environment, adapt to the environment, and metabolize energy. If an object lacks any of these characteristics, it is generally not considered to be a living organism. So, the correct answer is all the characteristics of living things.

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  • 9. 

    If observed under a microscope it will be noticed that:

    • A.

      Both living and non-living things are made up of cells

    • B.

      Only non-living things are made up of cells

    • C.

      Only living things are made up of cells

    Correct Answer
    C. Only living things are made up of cells
    Explanation
    Living things are made up of cells because cells are the basic structural and functional units of all living organisms. Cells carry out essential processes such as metabolism, growth, and reproduction. Non-living things, on the other hand, do not possess cells and therefore cannot perform these vital functions.

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  • 10. 

    There are _____________ main types of living things.

    • A.

      Two

    • B.

      Three

    • C.

      Four

    Correct Answer
    A. Two
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "two" because there are two main types of living things: plants and animals. Plants are living organisms that produce their own food through photosynthesis, while animals are living organisms that consume other organisms for energy. There are several other types of living things, like fungi, but these two categories encompass the majority of living things on Earth. Fungi do get their energy from other living organisms. 

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Stephen Reinbold |PhD, Biological Sciences |
Biology Expert
Stephen Reinbold has a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences with a particular interest in teaching. He taught General Biology, Environmental Science, Zoology, Genetics, and Anatomy & Physiology for almost thirty years at Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City, Missouri. He particularly enjoyed emphasizing scientific methodology and student research projects. Now, enjoying retirement, he works part-time as an editor while also engaging in online activities.
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