Origins Of Life Pre-assessment (grade 7)

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Origins of Life Pre-Assessment for Grade 7


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  • 1. 
    The Miller-Urey experiment in which water, gasses, heat, and electricity formed amino acids demonstrates the following (Standard 3.1j):
    • A. 

      It is possible for organic molecules to form from inorganic molecules

    • B. 

      It was proven that spontaneous generation is possible.

    • C. 

      It supported the theory of biogenesis.

    • D. 

      It demonstrated that RNA was the first genetic coding system in early Earth.

    • E. 

      It proved that amino acids are the building blocks of proteins.

  • 2. 
    Which of the following is the best argument that RNA may have preceded DNA (Standard 3.1j)?
    • A. 

      All DNA-based life forms contain RNA.

    • B. 

      Enzymes are used during DNA replication.

    • C. 

      Hydrogen cyanide can react with itself to form adenine.

    • D. 

      DNA is made up of nucleotides.

    • E. 

      RNA contains ribose and DNA contains deoxyribose.

  • 3. 
    Carbon-14 has a half-life of 5,730 years.  What is the age of a fossil that has 1/4 of the original sample of Carbon-14 remaining (Standard 3.1a)?
    • A. 

      5,730 Years Old

    • B. 

      11,460 Years Old

    • C. 

      17,190 Years Old

    • D. 

      1,432 Years Old

    • E. 

      5.7 Million Years Old

  • 4. 
    Banded iron formations are important evidence for which idea in the early evolution of life (Standard 3.1j)?
    • A. 

      Photosynthetic autotrophs

    • B. 

      Endosymbiotic organelles

    • C. 

      Heterotrophic prokaryotes

    • D. 

      Heterotrophic eukaryotes

    • E. 

      Chemosynthetic prokaryotes

  • 5. 
    According to Dr. Niles Eldridge, what is unique about the "sixth extinction" (Standards 3.1a, 7.2a, 7.2b)?
    • A. 

      The Sixth Extinction seems to be the first recorded global extinction event caused by global climate change.

    • B. 

      The Sixth Extinction seems to be the first recorded global extinction caused by a meteor impact.

    • C. 

      The Sixth Extinction in an abiotic cause.

    • D. 

      The Sixth Extinction seems to be the first recorded global extinction event that is caused by human impact.

    • E. 

      The Sixth Extinction seems to have been caused by a prolonged Ice Age.

  • 6. 
    Rate on a scale of 1-4, 1 being the lowest and 4 being the highest, how interested you are in the origin of life on Earth.
  • 7. 
    Rate on a scale of 1-4, 1 being the lowest and 4 being the highest, how much you already know about the origin of life on Earth.
  • 8. 
    Which characteristic below distinguishes eukaryotic cells from prokaryotic cells?
    • A. 

      The presence of a nucleus

    • B. 

      Membrane-bound organelles

    • C. 

      Linear DNA

    • D. 

      None of the above

    • E. 

      All of the above