What is a Parasite? - Definition, Types & Examples


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What is a parasite?

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1. Which of these is an example of an ectoparasite?

2. What do malaria, scabies, plague, yellow fever, leishmaniasis and Lyme disease have in common?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are many different types of parasites in the world, and many plants and animals are hosts to them. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of parasites. Some things you'll be assessed on include the definition of a parasite and examples of ectoparasites.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Defining 'parasite'
  • Identifying examples of ectoparasites
  • Describing the symptoms of a Toxoplasma gondii infection
  • Recognizing false statements about parasites

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding parasites
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the common thread between diseases like yellow fever, scabies and malaria
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information on the definition and a certain type of parasite, and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

Review the accompanying lesson titled, What is a Parasite? to learn more about them. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the definitions of ectoparasite and endoparasite
  • Explain what protozoa are and where they're often found
  • Reveal the continent on which you can find the Tetrastigma vine