Thomas Hunt Morgan's Fruit Fly Experiment


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Why did Morgan use fruit flies for a genetics experiment on how mutations led to the development of new species?

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1. What was the result of breeding a white-eye fly and a red-eye fly?

2. What theory was proven to be accurate by the fact that there were more white-eyed flies in the second generation than the first?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Morgan's fruit fly experiment is the focus of this quiz and worksheet. To be successful on these assessments, you have to be familiar with the results of his experiment, the procedures he used, and the observations he made.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Assessments test knowledge of:

  • What was demonstrated about genes by the fruit fly experiment
  • Result of the breeding a white-eye fly with a red-eye fly
  • The theory proven by the fact that the second generation had more white-eyed flies than the first

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the significance of the fact that the white-eyed flies were all male
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on Morgan's fruit fly experiment
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question regarding why Morgan used fruit flies for his experiment

Additional Learning

Learn more about Morgan's fruit fly experiment by reviewing the lesson titled Thomas Hunt Morgan's Fruit Fly Experiment. The objectives covered include:

  • Understand the Mendelian theory of inheritance
  • Know what a recessive trait is
  • Review which theories Morgan confirms