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The Ultimate Animal Quiz
by Staff
Furry or fragile, swift or slovenly, airborne or cave dwelling, animal is the generic name of a vast and varied group of creatures on our planet Earth. How are these creatures similar and in what ways are they different? Test your knowledge about animals by taking this quiz.

What is the branch of biology called that is devoted to the study of animals?

  • entomology
  • zoology
  • mammalogy

How many living species of animals have been identified?

  • more than one million
  • more than 10 million
  • more than 100 million

What has led scientists to conclude that there were signs of early animal life 700 million years ago?

  • logical conjecture
  • fossils
  • biblical reference

Biologists classify organisms into: monera, protists, plants, animals and _____. What's the fifth kingdom?

  • homo sapiens
  • mammals
  • fungi

Why is it sometimes difficult to determine which kingdom an organism belongs to?

  • because this is still a new field and scientists are studying it all the time
  • because the organism is little known
  • because it may possess traits from more than one classification

One of the characteristics that makes an organism an "animal" is that it:

  • is mobile during at least one phase of its life
  • has fur, claws, paws, fins or blubber
  • can manufacture its own food through the processing of organic or inorganic matter

Which of these systems are present in all animals?

  • organ, muscular and skeletal systems
  • digestive, circulatory and respiratory systems
  • both of the above

What is the name of the group of animals whose bodies are adapted to climbing trees and whose hands are prehensile?

  • amphibians
  • primates
  • reptiles

How do the structures of animal bodies lend themselves to protection from predators?

  • They possess something called adaptations, each animal with its own color, size, shape, etc. allowing itself protection.
  • They have the characteristic of camouflage.
  • They all have venom or spikes, which affords them protection.

When warm-blooded animals enter an inactive state during the cold, we say they are:

  • nesting
  • adapting
  • hibernating

How far do some whales migrate for breeding purposes?

  • 5,000 miles (8,050 kms)
  • 11,000 miles (18,000 kms)
  • 18,000 (29,000 kms)

Which of these seek out caves for sleeping and raising their young?

  • antelopes and deer
  • wombats and kangaroos
  • bears and bats

In what way do some animals help plants to reproduce?

  • They leave manure and droppings around and this generates plant reproduction.
  • They carry pollen from flower to flower to facilitate fertilization or they may spread seeds by carrying them in their fur.
  • They don't; this is a myth.

Termites and ants are social insects with a high degree of social organization. How is their inherent "caste" system recognized?

  • Each caste has its own lifespan and reproductive cycle.
  • Each caste differs in body structure and performs different tasks.
  • Each caste is independent of the other and feeds on different foods.

When certain animals share a particular interrelationship, we call this symbiosis. Examples of symbiosis are mutualism, commensalism and parasitism. Which of these "isms" reflects the type of interrelationship whereby only one side benefits and the other isn't harmed?

  • mutualism
  • commensalism
  • parasitism

Which of these is the best definition of the term ethology?

  • the study of animal behavior
  • the study of early life forms
  • the study of predatory animals

If you place tempting food before a satiated animal, will it eat?

  • yes, usually
  • rarely
  • absolutely not

What senses are used for communication between animals?

  • sight, taste and smell
  • sight, smell and sound
  • smell, touch and sound

In ancient times, how were some animals treated in certain societies?

  • They were experimented on.
  • They were worshipped as gods.
  • They were hunted as food.

What type of animals is most harmful to humans?

  • reptiles
  • jungle animals
  • those that carry or cause disease