Ecosystems Placement Quiz
This is a short exam designed to help me assess your background knowledge so that I can determine if you are ready for Ecosystems of the World or if you should take Intro to Planet Earth first.
NOTE: I will be checking the responses every day. If you do not hear back within 24 hours, please email me directly at
True or False: The atmosphere is densest at the earth's surface and becomes thinner as you increase in altitude.
The three parts of the water cycle are:
Wind is caused by difference(s) in
Number of breathing animals
True or False: Ocean currents are driven by wind and thermal vents.
The main difference between tornadoes and hurricanes is that
Hurricanes are rare
Hurricanes form over water and tornadoes form over land
Tornadoes can transport you to Oz
Only tornadoes can reach wind speeds of 90 mph
Which of the following statements is correct?
An aquifer is another name for a small glacier
Rivers can grow and develop like living organisms
A stream is defined as any body of water that exists year-round
Glaciers can form in our lifetimes
The two greatest drivers of erosion are
Wind and animals
Water and wind
Time and chemical reactions
Machines and water
Every earth process requires ______ to occur.
The presence of life on earth has
Changed the composition of the atmosphere
Turned sand into dirt
Altered the water cycle
All of the above
Earth's climate can be changed by
Increasing solar activity
Adding carbon to the atmosphere
All of the above
Which of the following is NOT a characteristic of life?
Responsive to stimuli
True or False: Chromosomes are tightly-packed bundles of DNA.
Which of the following provides the cell with energy?
The ________ system is responsible for ____________
Digestive; processing food
Respiratory; processing food
Digestive; transmitting brain signals
Nervous; processing food
How does soil fertility affect ecosystem diversity?
Natural history is...
A precursor to modern biology
A bunch of nonsense
The exploration of the natural world
Both A and C
Dumb Kids Playing Catch On Freeways Get Squashed is a mnemonic for:
Domain, Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species
Domain, Kingdom, Platform, Class, Order, Family, Guess, Species
Domain, Kingdom, Playfield, Cars, Orbit, Friendlies, Genus, Species
The theory of evolution by natural selection is based on which principle?
Go big or go home
Divide and conquer
Survival of the fittest
Grey hair means more wisdom
The alpha of a group of animals is the...
Which of the following represents a parasitic relationship?
Deer eating leaves
Cats making people happy
When you climb a mountain, you see different plants at different heights. This is because of...
Where did humans evolve and what biome exists there?
Sub-Saharan Africa; rainforests
Europe; temperate forests
The Sahara; desert
North America; temperate forests
Sub-Saharan Africa; savannah
Interaction between a biotic community and its abiotic environment creates a(n)...
What is your name and email address?
This is so I can let you know whether you placed into Ecosystems of the World, or if you should take Intro to Planet Earth and/or Meet the Biosphere first.
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