Specialized Functions & Structures: Differences Between Organisms


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What does it mean to say that cells are specialized?

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1. Which of the following is true about specialized structures within the body of an organism?

2. Animals need to excrete waste products, but they do this differently. In humans we excrete urine (liquid waste) through an opening called a _____, while birds excrete both liquid and solid waste through an opening called a _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Living organisms of all kinds are made up of cells, yet one organism can differ greatly from another. The questions in this quiz will ask you about these differences, as well as the specialized functions of cells and structures in organisms.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test your ability to:

  • Explain why cells are specialized
  • Understand facts about specialized structures in an organism
  • Identify how humans and other animals excrete waste
  • Name the structure that helps a plant exchange gas
  • Recognize different types of reproduction

Skills Practiced

These assessments give you the opportunity to practice your proficiency with:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding various kinds of reproduction and interpret it correctly
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson about specialized structures and functions in organisms
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the way plants exchange gas

Additional Learning

For more information about these topics, review the lesson associated with this quiz called Specialized Functions & Structures: Differences Between Organisms. The lesson will cover:

  • Major functional differences between various plants and animals
  • How specialized cells can perform the same function among different species
  • The ways that plant and animal structures are best suited for them
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