Bottleneck Effect: Definition & Example - Quiz & Worksheet


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What is the bottleneck effect?

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1. What is the founder's effect?

2. What is an example of animal that went through the bottleneck effect in recent times?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The following quiz/worksheet combo will help you learn about the bottleneck effect, which is when a population's numbers suddenly decline due to a human or environmental change. The interactive quiz will ask you questions pertaining to the key terms associated with the bottleneck effect, as well as specific examples.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • The definition of the bottleneck effect
  • What the founder's effect is
  • A recent example of an animal that experienced the bottleneck effect
  • How the Bering Strait land bridge affected human populations
  • How cheetahs have been affected by the bottleneck effect

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the bottleneck effect
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as the bottleneck effect and the founder's effect
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding how cheetahs and elephant seals have been affected by the bottleneck effect

Additional Learning

To learn more about sudden, sharp declines in gene pools, review the corresponding lesson on the bottleneck effect. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Defines what the bottleneck effect is
  • Examines what causes it to happen
  • Discusses specific examples of the bottleneck effect in animal populations
  • Explores human impacts and their related effects, such as crop growing in monocultures