Genetic Variability and Random Mutation

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Which is true about random mutations?

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1. Which is true about evolution?

2. Genetic variability describes which of the following?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet look at the fundamental principles of the classical theory of evolution. The questions they provide will help you gauge your knowledge of the concepts associated with genetic variability, such as evolution and the characteristics of random mutations.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You should use this printable worksheet and quiz to review the following topics:

  • Characteristics of random mutations
  • Facts about evolution
  • What genetic variability involves
  • How evolution is similar to an editing process
  • The best description of genetic variation

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz are also intended to help you practice the following:

  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding why evolution is like an editing process and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about evolution and genetic variability
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases and terms, such as random mutations and genetic variation

Additional Learning

To learn more about what small changes in our DNA can do, review the corresponding lesson called Genetic Variability and Random Mutation. This lesson will help you:

  • Define what the theory of evolution states
  • Identify the importance of variation to evolution
  • Describe the difference between genetic variation and genetic variability
  • Understand how variation can occur spontaneously
  • Appreciate how DNA mutations may be beneficial within an evolutionary context
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