Mercury In Seafood Pretest

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Mercury In Seafood Pretest

This pretest is designed to determine what you already know about mercury in seafood. Do not be alarmed if you do not know all of the answers. A tutorial will follow this pretest to help you understand any questions you missed.


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  • 1. 
    Why is methylmercury dangerous to the human body?
    • A. 

      It causes anemia among women.

    • B. 

      It harms the nervous systems of young children.

    • C. 

      It is the leading cause of juvenile diabetes.

    • D. 

      It is a known carcinogen

  • 2. 
    Which of the following is true about mercury in fish and shellfish?
    • A. 

      All fish tend to have the same levels of mercury.

    • B. 

      Larger fish tend to have higher levels of mercury.

    • C. 

      Bottom-feeding fish tend to have higher levels of mercury.

    • D. 

      Shellfish tend to have higher levels of mercury.

  • 3. 
    Which of the following seafood items has the highest level of mercury?
    • A. 

      Salmon

    • B. 

      Oysters

    • C. 

      Shrimp

    • D. 

      Swordfish

  • 4. 
    Which of the following are NOT a special population that need to take extra precautions regarding seafood consumption?
    • A. 

      Premenopausal women

    • B. 

      Elderly men

    • C. 

      Nursing women

    • D. 

      Young children

  • 5. 
    Rebecca is a 120lb college sophomore who does not plan on having children in the immediate future.  This week she had a tuna sandwich (3oz chunk light canned tuna) , a salmon fillet (6oz salmon), and shrimp stirfry (6oz shrimp).  Use the information above and the NRDC Mercury Calculator to determine how her mercury intake for this week compares to the recommended guidelines. The mercury calculator will open in a separate window.  When you are finished, return to this page to submit your answer.
    • A. 

      Her mercury consumption was above the "safety zone"; she should reduce her intake for next week to compensate.

    • B. 

      Her mercury consumption was within the "safety zone"; she could have eaten more seafood this week.

    • C. 

      Her mercury consumption met the recommended guidelines exactly; she should not have consumed any more seafood this week.

    • D. 

      Her mercury consumption is unable to be determined.