DNA Polymerase: Definition & Function


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What enzyme unzips the DNA for DNA polymerase to be able to copy it?

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1. DNA polymerase adds nucleotides to the _____ end of the preceding nucleotide.

2. DNA polymerase synthesizes DNA in the _____ direction.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Looking at how the cell's internal information gets copied, this quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your knowledge of the functions of DNA polymerase. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding which enzyme unzips the DNA as well as where DNA polymerase adds nucleotides to.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Which enzyme unzips the DNA
  • Where DNA polymerase adds nucleotides to
  • Direction DNA polymerase synthesizes DNA
  • What DNA polymerase is

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related DNA polymerase lesson
  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding which enzyme unzips the DNA and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about what DNA polymerase is

Additional Learning

To learn more about how cells divide, review the corresponding lesson DNA Polymerase: Definition & Function. This lesson will help you:

  • Define what DNA polymerase is
  • Understand DNA polymerase's central role in DNA replication
  • Identify the functions of DNA polymerase
  • Describe how DNA helicase creates two single strands of DNA
  • Appreciate the importance of DNA polymerase to cell reproduction