Biology, Eighth Edition (Raven)

Chapter 1: The Science of Biology

Pre Test

True or False: Although difficult to unambiguously define, the concept of something being alive can be fulfilled by 5 common characteristics. (p. 3)
Of the following reasons for performing science, which best represents the core purpose of scientific investigation? (p. 4)
A)To disprove superstition.
B)Understanding the world around us.
C)To provide better medicines.
D)Promote rational thinking.
E)To determine ways in which the nature of the universe has changed since its inception.
Why was Darwin's book "On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection" considered one of the most influential books of all time? (p. 8)
A)It proposed that evolution is factual, and provides evidence.
B)It proposes a mechanism for evolution to occur.
C)Its propositions cannot be falsified.
D)"a" and "b" are both correct.
E)All of the above are correct.
Which of the following is the best evidence of evolutionary conservation? (p. 14)
A)Certain proteins can consistently be found in all three domains (plant, animal, and fungi).
B)Plants, animals, and fungi all are multicellular.
C)Animals have fur, while plants are photosynthetic. Fungi are neither.
D)Plants and fungi are both sedentary (they don't move about rapidly) and are therefore more primitive than animals.
E)All organisms are made of cells.
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