Quiz On The History Of Classification

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This is a quiz for middle school students on the history of classification of living organisms, specifically on how taxonomists have been influences by the work of Charles Darwin.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which of the following is the correct order for the different levels of classification?
    • A. 

      Kingdom, Class, Phylum, Order, Family, Genus, Species

    • B. 

      Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species, Kingdom

    • C. 

      Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Genus, Family, Species

    • D. 

      Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species

  • 2. 
    The best definition for evolution is
    • A. 

      The process by which a habitat changes over time.

    • B. 

      The process by which a species changes over time.

    • C. 

      The process by which a food resource changes over time.

    • D. 

      Natural selection.

  • 3. 
    What species of organism helped Charles Darwin think of his Theory of Evolution?
    • A. 

      Sea turtles

    • B. 

      Parrots

    • C. 

      Iguanas

    • D. 

      Finches

  • 4. 
    Today scientists understand that certain species are alike because
    • A. 

      Of common ancestry.

    • B. 

      They occupy similar habitats.

    • C. 

      Of shared observable characteristics.

    • D. 

      They have similar behaviors.

  • 5. 
    Which level of classification is considered to be the most "broad" level of organization?
    • A. 

      Species

    • B. 

      Kingdom

    • C. 

      Family

    • D. 

      Class

  • 6. 
    Which of the following were formerly grouped together in a Kingdom named "Monera"?
    • A. 

      Archaebacteria and Protista

    • B. 

      Eubacteria and Animalia

    • C. 

      Protista and Plantae

    • D. 

      Eubacteria and Archaebacteria

  • 7. 
    A major difference between modern classification systems and those used before Darwin is that
    • A. 

      Before Darwin taxonomists used characteristics of living organisms to classify.

    • B. 

      Today's taxonomists consider the evolutionary history of a species when classifying organisms.

    • C. 

      Taxonomists before Darwin didn't believe that any organisms were related to each other.

    • D. 

      Taxonomists before Darwin already believed in the theory of evolution.

  • 8. 
    Darwin's theory of evolution was based on the observation that
    • A. 

      Multiple species of organisms moved from an island to the mainland and survived.

    • B. 

      Multiple species of organisms moved from the mainland to an island and survived.

    • C. 

      A single species traveled from an island to the mainland and evolved into several different species.

    • D. 

      A single species traveled from the mainland to an island and evolved into several different species.

  • 9. 
    Which of the following techniques are used to classify organisms?
    • A. 

      Study bones.

    • B. 

      Study fossils.

    • C. 

      Study DNA.

    • D. 

      All of the above.

    • E. 

      None of the above.