Classification Of Living Things! Trivia Facts Quiz

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All living things are categorized into groups based on shared characteristics. The living things are classified as prokaryotes ( bacteria and archaea), and eukaryotes (animals, plants, protists, and fungi). This quiz has been created to test your knowledge about the Classification of Living Things. Let's take this Review quiz and learn more! All the best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Today scientists understand that certain organisms are alike because of
    • A. 

      Physical traits

    • B. 

      Common ancestry

    • C. 

      Observable features

    • D. 

      Classification

  • 2. 
    Which of the following is NOT a feature of a living organism? 
    • A. 

      They contain the chemicals Carbon, Oxygen, Helium, and Nitrogen

    • B. 

      They respond to their surroundings

    • C. 

      They have cellular organization

    • D. 

      They reproduce

  • 3. 
    The correct scientific name for a leopard gecko is
    • A. 

      Eublepharis macularius

    • B. 

      Eublepharis macularius

    • C. 

      Eublepharis Macularius

    • D. 

      Eublepharis Macularius

  • 4. 
    The experiment that provided evidence that life does not spontaneously generate was conducted by
    • A. 

      Carolus Linneaus

    • B. 

      Charles Darwin

    • C. 

      Francesco Redi

    • D. 

      Aristotle

  • 5. 
    Does homeostasis refer to an organism need for which of the following?
    • A. 

      Energy

    • B. 

      Water

    • C. 

      Stable internal conditions

    • D. 

      Space

  • 6. 
    Which of the following was most likely the first step in the development of life on earth?
    • A. 

      Multicellular organisms emerge

    • B. 

      Bacteria formed

    • C. 

      Emergence of organisms in oceans

    • D. 

      Presence of an atmosphere containing nitrogen, water vapor, carbon dioxide, and methane

  • 7. 
    Linnaeus created a naming system for organisms that used the
    • A. 

      Kingdom and Phylum

    • B. 

      Class and Order

    • C. 

      Order and Family

    • D. 

      Genus and Species

  • 8. 
    • A. 

      They can mate (in nature) to produce offspring

    • B. 

      They are similar closely related organisms

    • C. 

      They live in the same type of habitat

    • D. 

      Share different scientific names

  • 9. 
    The first classification system was developed by
    • A. 

      Carolus Linneaus

    • B. 

      Charles Darwin

    • C. 

      Francesco Redi

    • D. 

      Aristotle

  • 10. 
    The broadest level of classification is
    • A. 

      Kingdom

    • B. 

      Phylum

    • C. 

      Class

    • D. 

      Order

  • 11. 
    The theory of evolution was proposed by
    • A. 

      Carolus Linneaus

    • B. 

      Charles Darwin

    • C. 

      Francesco Redi

    • D. 

      Aristotle

  • 12. 
    The process by which species change over time is called
    • A. 

      Natural selection

    • B. 

      Classification

    • C. 

      Evolution

    • D. 

      Growing up

  • 13. 
    The word “dichotomous” is defined as
    • A. 

      Having one possible outcome

    • B. 

      Having two possible outcomes

    • C. 

      Having three possible outcomes

    • D. 

      Having four or more possible outcomes

  • 14. 
    In which scenario would it make the most sense to use a field guide?
    • A. 

      Trying to figure out the scientific name of a desert beetle found in Utah

    • B. 

      Trying to look at the evolutionary relationship between two species of grass found in different parts of Europe

    • C. 

      Determining what order a collection of aquatic invertebrates belongs to

    • D. 

      Wanting to figure out what kinds of organisms are found in an intertidal zone along the beach

  • 15. 
    • A. 

      Dichotomous keys consist of a set of paired statements

    • B. 

      You always begin with step one in a dichotomous key

    • C. 

      When using a dichotomous key always start at the beginning with each new organism

    • D. 

      Every statement in a dichotomous key tells you what organism you are looking at

  • 16. 
    The statement “closely related organisms have similar chemical makeup” refers to
    • A. 

      The “CHON” elements in their tissues

    • B. 

      Their DNA

    • C. 

      The structure of their cells

    • D. 

      The kind of lipstick they bought at the mall

  • 17. 
    What idea has changed the way biologists think about classification?
    • A. 

      Theory of relativity

    • B. 

      Theory of evolution

    • C. 

      Laws of physics

    • D. 

      Big bang theory

  • 18. 
    What species did Darwin study to come up with his famous ideas?
    • A. 

      Finches

    • B. 

      Tortoises

    • C. 

      Iguanas

    • D. 

      Sea lions

  • 19. 
    The level of classification that contains organisms that are closely related but don’t necessarily interbreed successfully in nature is called the
    • A. 

      Class

    • B. 

      Order

    • C. 

      Family

    • D. 

      Genus

  • 20. 
    Which part of an organism’s scientific name can be descriptive?
    • A. 

      The genus

    • B. 

      The species

    • C. 

      The genus and species

    • D. 

      It can’t – only the common name can