Reading Comprehension Quiz

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Use the dictionary, the acronym finder, and the word origins dictionary (links above) as needed. A new quiz is available each Monday through Thursday. This is the quiz for October 21.

Gregor Mendel (died 1884) was an Austrian priest and scientist. He is often called the father of genetics for his study of the inheritance of traits. He showed that the inheritance of traits follows particular laws, which were later named after him. The significance of Mendel's work was not recognized until the turn of the 20th century. Its rediscovery founded the discipline of genetics.

Mendel's results were quickly replicated and genetic linkage worked out. Biologists flocked to the theory. Even though it was not yet applicable to many phenomena, it sought to give a genotypic understanding of heredity. It was William Bateson who perhaps did the most to publicise the benefits of Mendel's theory. The word "genetics" originated with Bateson.

1. Genetics means
A. the study of heredity.
B. the study of reproduction.
C. the study of biology.
D. the study of races.
2. A genotype is
A. a type of human being.
B. a human trait.
C. a group of organisms sharing hereditary characteristics.
D. a classification of animals.
3. Mendel's laws describe
A. the reproduction of plants.
B. the inheritance of traits.
C. human variation.
D. the discipline of genetics.
4. The Greek origin of phenomenon meant
A. extraordinary occurrence.
B. something unseen.
C. experiment.
D. that which appears.

The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

Answer Key: 1-A..........2-C..........3-B..........4-D
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