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DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid), RNA, Protein Synthesis Quizzes Set of 3

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Bundle of 3 Quizzes on DNA, RNA and Protein Synthesis

Suitable for biology and life science students in grades 8-12.

I have divided the information into the following three quizzes:
Quiz #1: DNA The Basics of DNA and Replication
Quiz #2: RNA and Transcription
Quiz #3: Translation and Protein Synthesis

These were written for my Biology I class. They cover the concepts found in any Biology I text. Each quiz is composed of fill in the blank questions with a few short answer questions. Please download my free preview to see a short preview of each quiz.

PLEASE NOTE: This quiz is also included in a bundled unit plan containing 20 different products on DNA, RNA, and protein synthesis. You can view the bundled unit plan by clicking here: DNA, RNA, and Protein Synthesis Complete Unit Plan.

This is what is covered on each quiz:
Quiz #1: DNA Basics and Replication (33 questions)

1. Genes must be able to do what three things?
2. Nucleotides: sugars, phosphates, nitrogen bases.
3. The five nitrogen bases.
4. Purines and pyrimidines.
5. Structure of the DNA molecule.
6. Chargaffs rules.
7. Historical information: Rosalind Franklin, James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins.
8. Base pairing rules and complimentary bases.
9. Bonding in the DNA molecule.
10. Packing of a large amount of DNA in the small space of the nucleus.
11. Replication.
12. Steps of replication.
13. Origins of replication and replication forks.
14. Enzymes: Helicases and DNA polymerases.
15. DNA proofreading.
16. Repairing damage to DNA: Enzymes nucleases, DNA polymerases, ligases.

Quiz #2: RNA and Transcription (25 questions)
1. The genetic code: codons, amino acids, gene expression, codon triplets specify amino acids, protein building instructions.
2. The differences between DNA and RNA.
3. The three type of RNA and the function of each type.
4. Transcription: definition, purpose, result, steps in transcription.
5. RNA processing and editing: why RNA must be modified, introns, exons.

Quiz #3: Translation and Protein Synthesis (36 questions)
1. The Genetic Code: codons, amino acids, gene expression, codon triplets specify amino acids, protein building instructions.
2. Start and stop codons.
3. 64 possible codon combinations and the amino acids they code for.
4. Translation: Definition, purpose of translation, steps in translation.
5. The role of tRNA in translation.
6. Codons and Anticodons.
7. The importance of reading the codons in the correct order.
8. Sample Problem: Given the sequence on the DNA molecule, students will give the mRNA codon sequence, the tRNA anticodon sequence, and the order of amino acids for coded for.
9. Structure of the ribosome: large and small subunits, mRNA binding site, three binding sites for tRNA.
10. Mutations: Definition, gene mutations, chromosome mutations, point mutations, frameshift mutations, substitutions, deletions, insertions, the importance of mutations in natural selection.

My materials are easily adaptable. You can easily add or delete questions. You will receive both a pdf and a Word document version of all assignments.

All answers are included.

Also included is a chart of amino acids and the 64 codon combinations.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for looking!

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