Harmful Protists: Definition, Effects & Examples


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What type of cells do protists have?

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1. An organism that can make its own food (energy) is called what?

2. Plasmodium parasites cause _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Protists are a specific type of organism, a few of which may pose a danger to our heath if they get in our bodies. This quiz will assess your understanding of several dangerous protists. The questions will assess you on points such as different types of protists and what diseases some protists can cause.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • The type of cells that protists have
  • Organisms that make their own food
  • What the Plasmodium parasite causes
  • How humans contract giardiasis
  • The protist that causes Montezuma's revenge

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - test your recollection of the characteristics of protists
  • Reading comprehension - be sure that you understand the most prominent diseases that are caused by protists, and the specific protists that cause them
  • Knowledge application - use the knowledge you have gained from the lesson to identify the type of cells in protists

Additional Learning

For more facts about protists and diseases, go over the corresponding lesson called Harmful Protists: Definition, Effects & Examples. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Overview of protists
  • Heterotrophs and autotrophs
  • Some dangerous protists
  • Examples of diseases caused by protists