Shapes of a Virus: Helical, Icosahedral, Prolate, Complex & Enveloped


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1. Which variant of the icosahedral shape is found in some bacteriophages?

2. A virus with an icosahedral shape that has a surrounding lipid bilayer that facilitates infection is known as _____ virus.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Viruses have several different shapes that serve different purposes. This quiz/worksheet combo will test your knowledge of virus shapes, including their names and purposes.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Identifying virus shapes by their characteristics
  • Matching virus shapes with their names
  • Choosing the correct reason why a virus has a particular shape

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 microbiology lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as complex and prolate
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about virus shapes

Additional Learning

To learn more about viruses, review the accompanying lesson titled Shapes of a Virus: Helical, Icosahedral, Prolate, Complex & Enveloped. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explain different virus shapes and how they look
  • Provide information about why viruses look different from one another
  • Differentiate between enveloped viruses and other types of viruses
  • Discuss complex viruses