An Example of Rapid Adaptation: The Peppered Moths


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Which color of moth was most common before the Industrial Revolution?

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1. How did the Industrial Revolution help the dark-colored moths become more common?

2. Why is the peppered moth phenomenon uncommon?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Though rapid adaptation might be a confusing concept, peppered moths are an excellent example of how this process can occur in nature. Using this example, this assessment will test you on your understanding of the definitions and key concepts of rapid adaptation.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Examining the history of the peppered moth
  • Understanding the effect of the Industrial Revolution on moths
  • Explaining what is interesting about peppered moth's evolution
  • Defining key terms

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related rapid adaptation lesson
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of rapid adaptation
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about rapid adaptation

Additional Learning

To learn more about rapid adaptation, review the accompanying lesson on Peppered Moths as an Example of Rapid Adaptation. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understanding camouflage
  • Knowing how the Industrial Revolution impacted moths
  • Defining natural selection and its role in the thriving peppered moths
  • Explaining directional selection