Spontaneous Generation: Definition, Theory & Examples

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Who was the first scientist to challenge the theory of spontaneous generation?

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1. The scientific community dismissed Lazzaro Spallanzani's attempt to disprove spontaneous generation. What was the reason they gave?

2. The theory of spontaneous generation states that ______.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet set will test your understanding of spontaneous generation. The quiz highlights important contributions of key figures like the first scientist to challenge the theory of spontaneous generation.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to measure your knowledge of the following:

  • Reason the scientific community dismissed Lazzaro Spallanzani's attempt to disprove spontaneous generation
  • What the theory of spontaneous generation states
  • Errors in John Needham's experimental design
  • Scientist that finally ended the debate over spontaneous generation

Skills practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related science lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about spontaneous generation in a different light
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify key scientists associated with the topic

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the lesson titled Spontaneous Generation: Definition, Theory & Examples. The following is a list of objectives covered in the lesson:

  • Define spontaneous generation
  • Understand the 17th-century ''recipe for mice''
  • Recognize the contributions of Francesco Redi, John Needham, Lazzaro Spallanzani, and Louis Pasteur
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