How Does Penicillin Work? - Discovery, Mechanism & Properties


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Because penicillin is more effective against Gram-positive bacteria, it is an example of a/an _____ antibiotic.

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1. What could be a possible side effect of taking an antibiotic, and what would be a good treatment for this side effect?

2. Why is penicillin less effective on Gram-negative bacteria?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of properties of penicillin. Some of the topics you'll be assessed on include the class of antibiotic to which penicillin belongs as well as organisms that produce penicillin.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Classification of penicillin
  • Penicillin producers
  • Properties of penicillin
  • Penicillin's effect on Gram-negative bacteria

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 properties of penicillin lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about penicillin's effectiveness in a different light
  • Making connections - understand penicillin's class of antibiotic
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about properties of penicillin

Additional Learning

To learn more about antibiotics, review the accompanying lesson called How Does Penicillin Work? - Discovery, Mechanism & Properties. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Relate how penicillin was discovered
  • Describe how penicillin works
  • Know penicillin's antibiotic classification
  • Tell which organism produces penicillin