Biology 1710 Exam I F'03

Biology 1710 Exam I F'03 - Name:_ Fall Semester, 2003 Exam...

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Name:____________________________ Fall Semester, 2003 Exam I 1. Erastosthenes estimated the circumference of the earth by measuring the angle/length of an obelisk’s shadow at the same time as the sun shone straight down a well in another city about 800 km (or 50 camel days if you prefer) distant. This use of basic mathematical principles to predict/determine a specific outcome is an example of: a. the scientific method. b. inductive reasoning. c. deductive reasoning. d. hypothetical reasoning. e. what happens when you have a Greek reading hieroglyphics. 2. Which of the following statements about Darwin’s studies and thoughts about natural selection is False? a. The ship on which he served as naturalist was called the H.M.S. Beagle. b. Many of his important observations were made while visiting islands. c. He published his first article on his theory of natural selection just over one year after his return to the British Isles. d. Darwin did not challenge the existence of a Divine Creator, but argued that the Creator did not simply create things and leave them forever unchanged. e. His study included both living plants/animals as well as fossil species. 3. You are retracing Darwin’s trip around the world and make many observations similar to his. When you compare your notes about the plants, animals and fossils found on an island in the Atlantic Ocean to a distant island found at a similar latitude in the Pacific Ocean you discover (as did Darwin): a. that the plants are nearly identical on the two islands but the animals are quite different. b. that the fossils of the earliest plants and animals are nearly identical, although living species are quite different between the two islands. c. that birds/animals are quite similar but plants are quite unique to each island. d. that plants, animals and fossils on the two islands are quite different. e. that collecting, processing, and cataloging biological specimens is hard work in the tropical heat. 4. Which of these terms refers to the process of maintaining relatively constant internal conditions in a living organism? a. Order. b. Sensitivity c. Development d. Homeostasis e. Regulation
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5. A naturalist who was one of Darwin’s contemporaries and who simultaneously proposed a theory for evolution through natural selection (Darwin had the idea first but failed to publish it earlier) was: a. Alfred Russel Wallace b. Thomas Malthus c. Charles Lyell d. Francis Bacon e. Isaac Newton 6. The cation form of an element is compared to the uncharged form of the same element. Which of the following statements is TRUE? a. The cation has less protons. b. The cation has a different half-life c. The cation has more neutrons. d.
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Biology 1710 Exam I F'03 - Name:_ Fall Semester, 2003 Exam...

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