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Social Biology Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Birds spend some of their time scanning the horizon for predators. While scanning, they cannot be foraging for food. This situation illustrates the phenomenon of

Question 2 2. Which of the following statements about territoriality is true?

Question 3 3. Generally, you eat lunch at noon. Now, every day around noon, you become hungry. Regardless of what you eat before this point in time, as soon as you see that it is noon, you immediately feel that it is time for lunch. This behavior is best known as:

Question 4 4. In a certain population, there is little access to birth control and health care. The lack of birth control means high fertility rates and the lack of health care means high mortality rates. This population would best be described as being in what stage of demographic transition?

Question 5 5. A farmer has a field near a busy highway. When he gets new horses, they are visibly frightened every time that a car speeds by. However, the horses that have been in the field for a while have no reaction to the cars speeding by. This can be explained by:

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Question 6 6. When deciding if a specific action is worth the effort, an organism will consider the:

Question 7 7. There are a number of different navigational methods used by animals. Which of the following definitions of a navigational method is correct?

Question 8 8. Birds immediately recognize the first moving thing during a critical period in their development and then follow this object. This is best known as:

Question 9 9. The Graylag Goose, once it spots an egg outside of the nest, will use its beak to move the egg back into the nest. The goose continues to move its head to return the egg to the nest until it sees the egg back where it belongs. Which of the following terms best explains this behavior?

Question 10 10. Some male birds that did not find a mate will help raise the offspring of a relative. This self-sacrifice is best known as:

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Question 11 11. Which of the following is an example of piloting?

Question 12 12. Dolphins tend to hunt in groups. This is done because there is an increase in hunting success when working together rather than independently. Such behavior is best described as:

Question 13 13. Biological fitness can best be described as the ability to:

Question 14 14. Prairie dogs often live in large colonies. When one prairie dog senses danger, it quickly alerts others of the danger. This is an example of:

Question 15 15. Some birds give a species-specific vocalization called an 'alarm call' when they see a predator, although this call may direct the predator toward them. Other members of their species respond to these calls by taking cover. This would be an example of altruistic behavior that is beneficial to the calling bird if

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Question 16 16. Which of the following is commonly identified as a risk to living in a social group?

Question 17 17. Which of the following characteristics is shared by all eusocial species?

Question 18 18. What term best describes the advances in medicine and technology?

Question 19 19. Mosquitoes fly towards higher concentrations of carbon dioxide. This is an example of:

Question 20 20. The maximum number of individuals that an environment can hold is called the:

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Question 21 21. A population has recently become much more urbanized and has moved from a mainly agricultural to industrial society. With this change, what would you predict will happen to the fertility rate?

Question 22 22. Two species of mice live in the same geographical region, but Species 1 prefers open fields, whereas Species 2 lives in forests. When presented in an experiment with simulated 'fields' and 'forests,' individuals of each species born in a laboratory preferred the environment in which they normally lived. This experiment illustrates the concept of

Question 23 23. You observe an example of an apparently altruistic act by an animal that seems to reduce its near-term likelihood of reproductive success. What would be the least plausible explanation for its behavior?

Question 24 24. You train your pet dog to 'sit' and 'roll over' on command by rewarding it with a dog biscuit whenever it performs the desired behavior. This is an example of

Question 25 25. On a summer evening, one can observe moths near bright lights. This movement towards the light by the moth is best known as:

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Question 26 26. Most post-modern and industrialized societies have steady fertility and mortality rates. Countries at this point are considered to be in:

Question 27 27. When faced with the choice of helping out a relative or a stranger in a life threatening situation, instinctively, one will select to help a relative. This is explained best by:

Question 28 28. A family lives near a very loud train but doesn't seem to notice when it roars by their house. However, whenever people come to visit, they are startled by the sound of the train going by the house. This is an example of:

Question 29 29. Honeybees have a caste system that dictates the role and purpose of individuals. Many individuals are responsible for the care and protection of the hive and only one individual is responsible for reproduction. This is known as:

Question 30 30. Animals exhibit daily rhythms in their behavior and physiology. Which of the following statements about circadian rhythms is false?

Social Biology Chapter Exam Instructions

Choose your answers to the questions and click 'Next' to see the next set of questions. You can skip questions if you would like and come back to them later with the yellow "Go To First Skipped Question" button. When you have completed the practice exam, a green submit button will appear. Click it to see your results. Good luck!

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