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Trophic Levels in a Food Chain: Definition & Explanation

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How many trophic levels does the average food chain have?

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1. Which of the following trophic levels contains organisms that consume only plant materials?

2. Which of the following trophic levels contains species that are top predators?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of the many types of trophic levels in a food chain. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include the descriptions of each trophic level.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • The number of trophic levels of the average food chain
  • The trophic level of those organisms that eat only plants
  • The trophic level containing top predators
  • The source of energy for most primary producers
  • Animals that are detritivores

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as food chain and tertiary consumers
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on types of trophic levels in a food chain
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about the characteristics of each trophic level and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about how primary producers get their energy

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the corresponding lesson on the Types of Trophic Levels in a Food Chain. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Know how the food chain works
  • Define trophic level
  • Distinguish between primary producers, primary consumers, secondary consumers, tertiary consumers and detritivores
  • Know what types of consumers herbivores and carnivores are
  • Explore a food web
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