Bacterial Structures and Their Functions


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Which is a major difference between pili and fimbriae?

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1. Which structure's role is to prevent white blood cells engulfing the bacteria?

2. What is the event called when bacteria senses a poisonous compound and swims away from it?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Bacterial function is an intricate system, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of how the different components of bacterial structure work. Some bacterial structures you'll be tested on include fimbriae, flagellum, and adhesins.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on the definitions, functions and characteristics of:

  • Capsules
  • Chemotaxis
  • Flagellum
  • Adhesins
  • Pili and fimbriae

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on bacterial structure vocabulary terms and functions
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast bacterial features from the lesson, such as pili and fimbriae
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the role of capsules and adhesins
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about bacterial movement

Additional Learning

Keep studying the lesson called Bacterial Structures and Their Functions for further information on bacterium. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define pili (or pilus) and know what conjugation pili are
  • Know what glycocalyx is and what it does
  • Understand what 'slime layer' refers to