Spontaneous vs. Induced Mutations - Quiz & Worksheet


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If a scientist purposefully exposes an insect to X-rays, what kind of mutation will occur?

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1. What type of mutation is caused when one half of a base DNA pair is changed?

2. Which of the following is an example of a physical mutagenic agent?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Complete the quiz and worksheet to assess your knowledge of spontaneous and induced mutations. An example of a physical mutagenic agent and why fruit flies are used to study mutation are topics you'll see on the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Take the quiz any time to see what you know about:

  • Type of mutation where a wild animal is born with black eyes naturally instead of green
  • Mutation that will result if a scientist purposefully exposes an insect to x-rays
  • Type of mutation caused when one half of a base DNA pair is changed

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about an example of a physical mutagenic agent
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on spontaneous and induced mutations
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about why fruit flies are studied for mutations and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

Spontaneous vs. Induced Mutations is a lesson that you can access any time you want to study more about:

  • The meaning of mutation
  • Differences between induced and spontaneous mutations
  • Examples of spontaneous mutations