Characteristics of Living Things


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All of the following items display movement, which is one of the characteristics of a living thing. Which item is considered an abiotic factor, or a non-living thing?

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1. Which characteristic of living things can be viewed using a microscope?

2. You shine a flashlight in your friend's eye and observe the pupil dilate. Which characteristic of living things have you observed?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

All living things share various characteristics that the quiz and worksheet for this lesson will help you to explore. Learn about such information as the responses of organisms to their environments and know how to distinguish the basic traits of the living from the non-living.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These items will test you on these attributes of living things:

  • Movement
  • Physical responses
  • Genetic information
  • The effects of light
  • Microscopic characteristics

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will assess the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related Characteristics of Living Things lesson
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept movement to see how organisms respond to their environment
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as genetics and phototropism

Additional Learning

Learn more about living organisms by reviewing the corresponding lesson on the Characteristics of Living Things. These objectives will be covered in detail:

  • Discover various methods of reproduction
  • Identify different physical responses to stimuli
  • Understand how movement relates to different living things
  • Discover the ways that organisms can develop
  • Understand the use of energy by living things
  • Differentiate living things from the non-living