What Is Adaptive Immunity? - Definition and Types


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Sara is in the last trimester of her pregnancy. During this time, her body is transferring her antibodies to her baby. This action, which will temporarily protect the infant from disease, is an example of:

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1. Every September, Mary receives an annual influenza vaccine as a preventative measure against illness. Mary's vaccination is an example of:

2. When he was six years old, Cody was infected with chicken pox. Since recovering, Cody has been immune to the disease. What has happened to Cody that would explain his immunity?

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Adaptive immunity is the part of the immune system that adapts to new threats that the innate immune systems fails to fight off. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of adaptive immunity. Some things you'll be assessed on include what the passage of antibodies from mother to child is a form of, what vaccination is a form of, and what getting a shot of antibodies to counteract a toxin is a form of.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This lesson and quiz will assess you on:

  • Identifying what the passage of antibodies from mother to child is a form of
  • Identifying what vaccination is a form of
  • Identifying different types of immunities
  • Identifying what getting sick with the flu will lead to
  • Identifying characteristics of the adaptive immune system

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding adaptive immunity
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about how adaptive immunity occurs and examples of it
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about the adaptive immune system and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about adaptive immunity, review the accompanying lesson called What Is Adaptive Immunity? - Definition and Types. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • The two parts of the immune system
  • The adaptive immune system
  • Active and passive immunity
  • Natural and artificial acquired active immunity