Genetic Variability, Random Mutation & Artificial Selection


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What is artificial selection?

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1. What is the measure of the degree of difference between traits that are expressed in a population?

2. What do we call naturally occurring differences in a population of organisms?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

It is important to understand the fundamental terms related to genetic variability, random mutation, and artificial selection before diving into the science. The quiz tests your knowledge of the basic definitions of these words, and asks questions about the theories and ideas behind them.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz will test your knowledge of these definitions:

  • Genetic variability
  • Random mutation
  • Artificial selection
  • Random mutations

Skills Practiced

Problems contained in the quiz and worksheet allow you to use the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - show that you understand fundamental terms related to genetic science
  • Knowledge application - use the material in the lesson to answer questions about genetic theories and ideas
  • Making connections - see how genetic variability, random mutation, and artificial selection are all related

Additional Learning

See the related lesson called Genetic Variability, Random Mutation & Artificial Selection to learn about the following objectives:

  • Use real-life examples to understand genetic variability
  • See how the environment impacts genetic variability in insects and animals
  • Understand the reasons for random mutation
  • Identify real-world examples of artificial selection
  • Note the long-term impacts of artificial selection