Quiz On Field Guides And Taxonomic Keys

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Quiz On Field Guides And Taxonomic Keys

This is a quiz for middle school science students on field guides, taxonomic keys, and how they relate to the classification of living organisms.


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  • 1. 
    An "either this or that" scenario best describes
    • A. 

      Field guides

    • B. 

      Dichotomous keys

    • C. 

      Classification

    • D. 

      One of life's tough choices

  • 2. 
    In order for a field guide to work well, organisms must be identified with
    • A. 

      Physiological features

    • B. 

      Behavioral features

    • C. 

      Smellable features

    • D. 

      Observable features

  • 3. 
    The word "dichotomous" is best defined as
    • A. 

      A certain classification of plants

    • B. 

      Something having two possible outcomes

    • C. 

      A field guide

    • D. 

      An evolutionary relationship between two species

  • 4. 
    One drawback of field guides is that
    • A. 

      They only show the evolutionary relationship between two or more organisms

    • B. 

      They don't show the evolutionary relationship between two or more organisms

    • C. 

      Some have drawings while others have photos

    • D. 

      They don't say anything about where an organism can be found in the wild

  • 5. 
    In order for taxonomic keys to be effective the paired statements used must
    • A. 

      Cover a wide variety of characteristics

    • B. 

      Cover only one or two characteristics

    • C. 

      Cover one characteristic at a time

    • D. 

      Be ignored completely

  • 6. 
    Which of the following would not typically be used as a field guide?
    • A. 

      A guide to backyard flowers

    • B. 

      A birdwatching book

    • C. 

      A small book on the different kinds of fish you could catch from a small lake

    • D. 

      A key on the species of botflies that infest caribou herds in the Arctic

  • 7. 
    Dichotomous keys always begin with
    • A. 

      A set of paired statements labeled 1a and 1b

    • B. 

      A set of paired statements labeled 1 and 2

    • C. 

      A set of paired statements labeled 1 through 10

    • D. 

      A set of paired statements labeled 1a and 2a

  • 8. 
    Choose one of the following to best complete this statement:  ____________ are used as a quick and easy reference whereas __________ are used to specifically identify an organism to genus and species.
    • A. 

      Field guides, textbooks

    • B. 

      Textbooks, taxonomic keys

    • C. 

      Taxonomic keys, field guides

    • D. 

      Field guides, taxonomic keys

  • 9. 
    In biology the word "field" refers to
    • A. 

      A farmer's field

    • B. 

      The natural environment

    • C. 

      A forest

    • D. 

      Well, um, a field...

  • 10. 
    When identifying a new organism while using a taxonomic key, you should
    • A. 

      Start at the beginning each time

    • B. 

      Pick up where you left off last time

    • C. 

      Wait for a new copy of the key to become available

    • D. 

      Ask someone else to do it for you