Environmental Toxicants: Types, Sources & Effects


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Which is NOT a type of toxicant?

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1. People who smoke cigarettes are at increased risk for lung cancer because cigarettes contain chemicals that are _____.

2. Which of the following is TRUE about toxicants?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Environmental toxicants come from both natural and man-made sources. This quiz and worksheet will test your knowledge of specific toxicants.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to evaluate your comprehension of:

  • A non-example of a toxicant
  • What carcinogens are
  • The characteristics of toxicants
  • Endocrine disruptors and their effects
  • The effects of teratogens

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the effects of toxicants
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about toxic, man-made substances in the environment in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases such as endocrine disruptors and teratogens

Additional Learning

To learn more about toxic substances in the environment, review the corresponding lesson entitled Environmental Toxicants: Types, Sources & Effects. These objectives are included n this lesson:

  • Describe what environmental toxicants are
  • Identify the different types of environmental toxicants
  • Examine the sources of these toxic substances