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The Ultimate Animal Domestication Quiz
by Staff
Animals have been domesticated for centuries, some species longer than others, for a variety of purposes. Scientists constantly research this fascinating field. Take this quiz and be fascinated by their findings.

Long, long ago, how did human beings make use of animals?

  • for clothing only
  • for food only
  • for protection only

In the process of domestication, an animal species evolves to become accustomed to:

  • living in homes as pets
  • living on farms as working animals
  • living among and interacting with people

What do animal abolitionists believe?

  • that animals should be abolished (killed)
  • that captive (domesticated) animals should be freed
  • that all animals should be domesticated

Which animals are likely to survive in the process of natural selection?

  • those with traits that help them survive and breed
  • those that are the biggest
  • those with survival genes

How does artificial selection determine a particular trait in an animal?

  • It doesn't. What artificial selection does do is artificially regenerate new species and clone genes.
  • An animal is selected and artificially inseminated with a certain trait.
  • It is determined artificially by means of human efforts to breed certain animals together.

What criteria would be necessary for animal domestication?

  • anything that is appropriate for that kind of animal; they can all be domesticated with patience and effort
  • certain traits, such as cloven hooves or powerful beaks
  • the right diet and a friendly disposition

Why do you never see domesticated pandas or zebras?

  • because they're too violent
  • because no one has ever tried
  • because they're few and far between

According to archeological research, civilizations that _____ wielded more power and were able to spread their culture.

  • freed their captive animals
  • domesticated their animals
  • lived without reliance on animals

Scientists believe that a domesticated species changes over time. What reason do they give for this?

  • The species forgets its natural instincts/patterns of behavior and must relearn them in unfamiliar environments.
  • The species no longer needs the same intelligence or sharp level of hearing/sight.
  • It remains a mystery.

What scientific evidence points to the gray wolf as the antecedent of the modern-day dog?

  • carbon dating
  • fossils
  • DNA

Popular theory suggests that wolves were tamable due to the fact that they:

  • lived in leader-guided packs, so humans took the place of the "highest ranking wolf"
  • were intelligent, hard-working creatures
  • had protective fur, thick skin and the ability to withstand cold temperatures

How were dogs treated in ancient Egypt?

  • with disdain and repulsion
  • as revered, sometimes pampered, pets
  • as gods

One theory about how cats became domesticated suggests a trade-off of sorts. What trade-off?

  • They would be devoted pets in exchange for their loss of freedom.
  • They would purr and mew adoringly in exchange for petting and pampering.
  • They would keep rodents at bay in exchange for food and shelter.

Why, according to scientific theory, did cats not take to domestication as well as dogs?

  • because they were taken into homes, far from the wild outdoors, and couldn't adapt
  • because they are independent creatures, without a social hierarchy
  • because they don't breed as easily in captivity

What traits traditionally made the goat a common livestock animal?

  • Its small size means it needs small housing facilities and little food.
  • It is agile, intelligent and obedient.
  • It's not a picky eater and it can provide meat, milk and clothing material.

In what way was the domestication of oxen at least as significant as the invention of the wheel?

  • Oxen had the ability to pull heavy loads on the wheels.
  • Oxen needed little maintenance and this was a breakthrough in animal domestication.
  • It definitely wasn't! The invention of the wheel was by far, the more significant.

What made camels suited to domestication as transportation animals in desert regions?

  • They could walk long distances at a good pace in hot weather.
  • They could carry heavy loads and do with little water.
  • They could gallop across sand dune surfaces without kicking up much sand.

How long ago were horses domesticated?

  • more than 1,000 years ago
  • more than 3,000 years ago
  • more than 5,000 years ago

Which came first: chicken/rooster domestication for entertainment purposes or for food purposes?

  • food purposes
  • entertainment purposes
  • neither; both purposes were enjoyed simultaneously

In what country was the hamster first domesticated?

  • Japan (1840) when a family of hamsters was caught
  • Syria (1930) when a family of hamsters was caught
  • Nepal (1950) when a family of hamsters was caught