Pathogens: Antibiotic Resistance and Virulence - Quiz & Worksheet


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_____ occurs when a microbe acquires a gene that allows it to resist the effects of a drug.

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1. Why is antibiotic overuse such a serious problem?

2. The relative ability to cause disease is known as _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your knowledge of pathogens and antibiotic resistance. Topics you'll need to know include understanding the ways bacteria can become resistant to antibiotics as well as knowing what pathogens antibiotics are most effective against.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • How bacteria can become resistant
  • What antibiotics are most effective against
  • Definition of virulence
  • Characteristics of viruses
  • A pathogen practice problem

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding how bacteria can become resistant and interpret it correctly
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related antibiotic resistance lesson
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve pathogen practice problem

Additional Learning

To learn more about the lengths viruses will go through to stay 'alive', review the corresponding lesson on Pathogens and Antibiotic Resistance. This lesson will help you:

  • Understand what antibiotic resistance is
  • Identify what causes antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria
  • Explain why using more antibiotics can have adverse consequences
  • Describe a pathogen's relative ability to cause disease
  • Appreciate why a virus would infect a host without causing a disease