Social Behavior of Animals


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Which of the following is the best example of an altruistic behavior?

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1. Agonistic behaviors are often displayed for which of the following reasons?

2. Which of the following is NOT an example of an agonistic behavior?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet will test your understanding of how animals behave towards one another in their own social groups and in confrontation with others. Some topics you will be tested on include altruistic behavior, agnostic behavior, and alpha members among animal groups.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Costs associated with altruistic behaviors in animals
  • Potential alphas of an animal social group
  • Altruistic and agnostic animal behavior

Skills Practiced

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

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about altruistic and agnostic animal behaviors
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about alpha members from the related animal behaviors lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding reasons for agnostic behaviors in animals

Additional Learning

To learn more about animal behavior, check out the corresponding lesson on Social Behaviors of Animals. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define vocabulary related to animal social behavior, such as altruism, risk cost, energy cost and opportunity cost, kin selection, dominance hierarchy, and agnostic and territorial behavior
  • Understand how animals work together for survival through sharing resources and/or visual and audible alarm calls
  • Recognize how and why some animals work to better their family members over non-family members
  • Identify how animal groups may organize themselves
  • Understand the social dynamics of animal confrontations and territory defense