Characteristics of Life: Order, Sensitivity, Reproduction, Growth

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What is the term for asexual reproduction involving only one parent, where offspring are identical to the parent?

Binary Fission

Which characteristic of life involves cells responding to diverse stimuli?

Sensitivity/Response to Stimuli

What is the term for the process in which a piece of a parent organism is detached and can grow into a completely new individual?

Regeneration

Which characteristic of life involves organisms following specific genetic instructions to grow and develop?

Growth and Development

What is the term for reproduction involving two parents' cells and the process of fertilization?

Sexual Reproduction

Which characteristic of life involves highly organized, coordinated structures consisting of one or more cells?

Order

Which process involves the creation of an organism with an exact genetic copy of another?

Cloning

What is the term for changing the DNA in living organisms to create something new?

Genetic engineering

Which evidence of evolution provides the best proof of the history of life, showing how extinct species have led to today’s species?

Fossil record

What is the term for structures that are found in an organism but appear to serve no function?

Vestigial structures

What is the term for the process of gradual change that takes place over many generations?

Evolution

What concept states that similarities in the developmental pattern of organisms exist because of a common ancestor?

Comparative Embryology

Which group of organisms cannot make their own food and must ingest other organisms?

Consumers

What is the term for both living and non-living parts of an ecosystem that determines an organism’s role in the ecosystem?

Niche

Which type of ecosystem is a land-based community of organisms?

Terrestrial ecosystem

What term is used for reproduction involving two parents' cells and the process of fertilization?

Genetics

What is the process called when DNA is cut out of one organism and put into another organism?

Gene splicing

Which type of evidence of evolution involves body parts from different organisms that have the same structures but different functions?

Homologous structures

What is the term for structures that are found in an organism but appear to serve no function?

Vestigial structures

Which process involves the creation of an organism with an exact genetic copy of another?

Cloning

In ecology, what do we call the study of the interactions between living organisms and their biotic and abiotic environments?

Ecology

What is the term for the actual place an organism lives within an ecosystem?

Habitat

What do we call autotrophic organisms that make their own food?

Producers

Which type of organism feeds on dead or decaying organisms within an ecosystem?

Scavengers

What is the term for a land-based community of organisms within an ecosystem?

Terrestrial ecosystem

Test your knowledge of the characteristics of life such as order, sensitivity and response to stimuli, reproduction, and growth and development. Explore the fundamental aspects of living organisms in this quiz.

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