John Needham: Biography, Experiments & Cell Theory


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Which scientist viewed the first cells using a cork?

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1. Which of the following phrases is not part of the cell theory?

2. An outdated science textbook states that frogs are able to develop from mud. What is the name of the theory that supports this statement?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The questions in this quiz and worksheet will gauge how much you know about scientist John Needham. Among other topics, you should be familiar with the flaw in Needham's broth experiment.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test you on the following:

  • The scientist who used a cork to view the first cells
  • Components of the cell theory
  • A theory supporting the idea that organisms can develop independent of cells
  • John Needham's broth experiment
  • Research proving that there are contaminants in the air

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about the cell theory and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about the scientist who viewed the first cells using a cork
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about the scientist who refuted John Needham's broth experiment

Additional Learning

Continue your studies by reviewing the lesson titled John Needham: Biography, Experiments & Cell Theory. Here's a quick glance at what you can expect to find in this lesson:

  • When and where John Needham was born
  • A philosopher who was a harsh critic of Needham
  • Experiments John Needham performed with pollen
  • An overview of cell theory