Introduction To Genetics Trivia Quiz

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If you take up time to try and understand human genetics, there is a lot that you can get to understand about your body. Are you a new student and wish to understand more of the basics when it comes to genetics? Worry not like the quiz below is perfectly designed to help you do that in a short time. Give it a try and keep practicing!


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  • 1. 

    The scientific study of heredity, that is now at the core of a revolution in understanding biology.________________

    Explanation
    Genetics is the scientific study of heredity and how traits are passed down from one generation to another. It involves the study of genes, DNA, and genetic variation. This field of study has led to significant advancements in our understanding of biology, as it helps us comprehend the mechanisms behind inherited traits, diseases, and the evolution of species. By studying genetics, scientists can uncover valuable insights into human health, agriculture, and conservation.

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  • 2. 

    During sexual reproduction, male and female reproductive cells join, a process known as ___________________

    Explanation
    Fertilization is the correct answer. Fertilization produces a new cell, which develops into a tiny embryo encased within a seed.

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  • 3. 

    When Mendel took charge of the monastery garden, he had several stocks of pea plants. These peas were_____________________, meaning that if they were allowed to self pollinate, they would produce offspring identical to themselves.

    Explanation
    One stock of seeds would produce only tall plants, another only small ones.

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  • 4. 

    A________ is a specific characteristic, such as seed color and plant height, that varies from one individual to another.

    Explanation
    A trait is a specific characteristic that can vary from one individual to another, such as seed color or plant height. Traits are passed down from parents to offspring through genes, and they contribute to the overall genetic diversity within a population. By studying traits, scientists can gain insights into the genetic basis of certain traits and how they are inherited.

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  • 5. 

    The offspring of crosses between parents with different traits are called __________.

    Explanation
    When parents with different traits reproduce, their offspring are called hybrids. Hybrids inherit a combination of traits from both parents, resulting in a unique combination of characteristics. This term is commonly used in genetics and breeding to describe the offspring of two different varieties or species. The plural form "hybrids" is used to refer to multiple offspring, while the singular form "hybrid" refers to a single offspring.

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  • 6. 

    Today, scientists call the chemical factors that determine traits

    • A. 

      Cross breeding

    • B. 

      Genes

    • C. 

      Genetics

    • D. 

      Biological inheritance

    Correct Answer
    B. Genes
    Explanation
    Genes are the correct answer because they are the chemical factors that determine traits. Genes are segments of DNA that contain instructions for building and maintaining an organism. They are passed down from parents to offspring through biological inheritance. The study of genes and how they are inherited is known as genetics. Cross breeding refers to the process of breeding two different species or varieties to create offspring with desired traits, which is related to genetics but not the specific term for the chemical factors themselves.

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  • 7. 

    The different forms of a gene are called

    • A. 

      Recessive

    • B. 

      Different genes

    • C. 

      Alleles

    • D. 

      Dominant

    Correct Answer
    C. Alleles
    Explanation
    Alleles are the different forms of a gene that occupy the same position on a chromosome. They can be dominant or recessive, determining the expression of a particular trait. Each individual has two alleles for each gene, one inherited from each parent. Dominant alleles are expressed in the phenotype whenever they are present, while recessive alleles are only expressed if there are no dominant alleles present. Therefore, alleles are the correct answer to the question as they represent the different forms of a gene.

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  • 8. 

    What does the principle of dominance state?

  • 9. 

    Separation(ex. of alleles)

    Correct Answer
    segregation
    Explanation
    Segregation refers to the process by which alleles separate during the formation of gametes. This occurs during meiosis when homologous chromosomes pair up and then segregate into different daughter cells. Each gamete receives only one allele for each gene, resulting in genetic diversity. The term "separation" is commonly used to describe this process, as it emphasizes the splitting or division of alleles into different cells. Therefore, "segregation" is the correct answer as it accurately describes the phenomenon of alleles separating during gamete formation.

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  • 10. 

    The formation of sex cells

    Correct Answer
    gametes
    Explanation
    Gametes are specialized cells that are involved in sexual reproduction. They are formed through a process called gametogenesis, which occurs in the reproductive organs. Gametes are responsible for carrying genetic information from the parents to the offspring. In humans, the male gametes are called sperm cells, while the female gametes are called egg cells. The formation of gametes is essential for the continuation of a species through sexual reproduction.

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  • 11. 

    What happens to alleles during segregation?

  • 12. 

    The likelihood that a particular event will occur is called

    • A. 

      Probability

    • B. 

      Chance

    • C. 

      Outcome

    • D. 

      Segregation

    Correct Answer
    A. Probability
    Explanation
    Probability is the likelihood or chance of a specific event occurring. It is a measure of how likely an event is to happen, ranging from 0 (impossible) to 1 (certain). In this context, the term "probability" best describes the concept being referred to. "Chance" is similar but more commonly used in colloquial language. "Outcome" refers to the result of an event, while "segregation" is unrelated to the concept of likelihood.

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  • 13. 

    The principles of probability

    • A. 

      Post outcomes do not affect future ones

    • B. 

      The coin may land heads up or tails up

    • C. 

      States that everything happens by chance

    • D. 

      Can be used to predict the outcomes of genetic crosses

    Correct Answer
    D. Can be used to predict the outcomes of genetic crosses
    Explanation
    The principles of probability can be used to predict the outcomes of genetic crosses. Probability is a mathematical concept that helps us understand the likelihood of different outcomes occurring. In genetic crosses, where traits are inherited from parents to offspring, probability can be used to determine the chances of certain traits being passed on. By understanding the principles of probability, geneticists can make predictions about the likelihood of certain traits appearing in future generations.

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  • 14. 

    The gene combinations that might result from a genetic cross can be determined by drawing a diagram known as a

    Correct Answer
    Punnett square
    Explanation
    A Punnett square is a diagram used to predict the possible gene combinations that can result from a genetic cross. It is a grid with the alleles of one parent listed on the top and the alleles of the other parent listed on the side. By filling in the squares with the corresponding alleles, the Punnett square shows all the possible combinations of alleles that offspring can inherit. This allows for the determination of the potential genotypes and phenotypes of the offspring.

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  • 15. 

    What are Punnett squares used for?

  • 16. 

    True or false:Homozygous organisms have two different alleles for the same trait.

    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Homozygous organisms have two identical alleles for a particular trait.

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  • 17. 

    Organisms that have two different alleles for the same trait are

    Correct Answer
    heterozygous
    Explanation
    Organisms that have two different alleles for the same trait are referred to as heterozygous. This means that they have two different versions of the gene, or alleles, for a particular trait. In heterozygous individuals, one allele may be dominant and the other recessive, resulting in a phenotype that is determined by the dominant allele. This is in contrast to homozygous individuals, who have two identical alleles for a trait. Heterozygosity allows for genetic diversity and can result in a wider range of phenotypic variations within a population.

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  • 18. 

    Physical characteristics are

    Correct Answer
    phenotypes
    Explanation
    Physical characteristics refer to the observable traits or features of an organism, which can include its appearance, structure, or behavior. These traits are determined by the interaction between an organism's genetic makeup (genotype) and its environment. Phenotypes, on the other hand, are the expressed traits or characteristics of an organism, which can be observed and measured. Therefore, physical characteristics are a type of phenotype.

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  • 19. 

    The genetic makeup of an organism is its

    Correct Answer
    phenotype
    Explanation
    The genetic makeup of an organism refers to its genotype, which consists of the specific combination of genes that an individual possesses. On the other hand, the phenotype refers to the observable characteristics or traits of an organism, which are influenced by both genetic and environmental factors. While the genotype determines the potential for certain traits, it is the interaction between the genotype and the environment that ultimately determines the phenotype. Therefore, the given answer is incorrect as it states that the genetic makeup is the phenotype, whereas it should be the genotype.

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