EEB100_Fall11-Possible_Essay_Questions - 1 Possible Essay...

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1 Possible Essay Questions EEB 100—Winter 2011 One of these essay questions (or something very much like it) will be on your Animal Behavior exam. It will be worth 40 points (out of a total of 250 points). These questions are designed to be synthetic (i.e., to combine ideas and concepts from different lectures) and by giving them to you before the exam, we are allowing you to develop comprehensive answers. Expect to write about 1.5-2 pages to answer each of these questions (on the exam we may break the complex question into parts and restrict the space for you to answer each component). Your TAs and the Professor will not answer any essay questions or evaluate possible essay answers. You are encouraged to study with other students and discuss these questions. However, any answers you write on the exam should be your own, unique answer. If two or more students submit the same answer, we will treat this as academic misconduct. Studying these questions should help you prepare for the exam. Of course there is going to be other material that you are expected to know which will be tested with T/F, multiple choice, and short answer questions. For the test, you may bring one 8.5 x 11” sheet with anything you want written on it. Required calculations will not require a calculator. You may write your written answers in pencil, but there will be no possibility of a re-grade unless you write in pen. 1) While on FBQ in the Mohave Desert, you discover a small rodent that spins around in a circle three times on its hind legs before it sits down. A) Suggest four qualitatively different questions (i.e., one question for each of Tinbergen’s four levels) about this phenomenon that you could ask. Be sure to identify each type of question. Upon further study, you discover that only males spin around and only during the breeding season. Design an experiment to test the hypothesis that this behavior is activated by testosterone. B) First, define and contrast organizational and activational effects. C) Describe your experiment to test for activational effects. Be sure to describe important controls and what comparisons with them tell you. D) Now describe an experiment that will allow you to identify organizational effects of testosterone. Be sure to
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