Earth's History and the Origin of Life Unit Test

Earth's History and the Origin of Life Unit Test
Earth's History and the Origin of Life Unit Test
Earth's History and the Origin of Life Unit Test
Earth's History and the Origin of Life Unit Test
Earth's History and the Origin of Life Unit Test
Earth's History and the Origin of Life Unit Test
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  1. This "History of Life on Earth Bundle" includes everything you need to teach a unit on Earth's history and the origin of life to your life science or biology students. The bundle contains a 92-slide PowerPoint presentation, lecture notes for the teacher, a guided notes outline for the students, set
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This unit test / final assessment for a unit on "The History of Life on Earth" is an editable test bank of questions that will allow you to make the perfect unit test for your life science or biology students in grades 8 - 12.

There are 61 questions of varying formats on the test: Fill in the blank, multiple choice, matching, and short answer. Answer key is included.


This unit test was written to test the material covered in my Earth's History and the Origin of Life PowerPoint and Notes Set.

The document contains 61 questions. There are 13 fill in the blank questions, 30 multiple choice questions, 10 matching questions, and 8 short answer questions. Complete and detailed answer key is provided.

This test is appropriate for biology or life science students in grades 8 - 12.


Topics covered by this unit test include:
• Early Ideas About the Origin of Life: Biogenesis, spontaneous generation, abiogenesis, the experiments of Redi, Spallanzani, and Louis Pasteur.
• Earth’s History: The age of the Earth, radioactive dating, isotopes, radioactive isotopes, carbon-14 dating, the limits of carbon-14 dating, the dating of older rocks and fossils, relative dating, relative age and absolute age.
• The Chemical and Physical Processes that might have occurred that led to the first life forms.
• The First Organic Compounds on Earth: The Oparin hypothesis, the experimental evidence of Miller and Urey, examination of new evidence about the atmosphere of early Earth.
• From Molecules to Cell-Like Structures: Microspheres, coacervates, the experiments of Sydney Fox, the life like properties of microspheres and coacervates.
• The First Life Forms: Key processes of metabolism and replication, protobionts.
• The Origin of Heredity: RNA as the first genetic material, ribozyme, the ability to self-replicate, the role of natural selection.
• The Fossil Record: The fossil record shows change over time, why the fossil record is incomplete, types of organisms that do and do not form fossils.
• The First Single Celled Organisms: The anaerobic conditions on early Earth, first heterotrophic prokaryotes, rise of autotrophs, chemosynthesis, archaebacteria.
• Photosynthesis and Aerobic Respiration: The production of organic compounds in photosynthesis, the release of oxygen into the atmosphere, the damaging nature of oxygen, the evolution of aerobic respiration, cyanobacteria, production of ozone.
• The First Eukaryotes: Differences between prokaryotes and eukaryotes, the theory of endosymbiosis, evolution of mitochondria and chloroplasts, evidence for endosymbiosis.
• Sexual Reproduction and Evolution: Asexual reproduction in early bacteria, the role of sexual reproduction in natural selection and evolution.
• The First Multicellular Eukaryotes: Arrival of protists, algae, fungi, plants and animals, the Cambrian explosion, first animal phyla, early animals are herbivores, appearance of predators.
• The Colonization of Land: Solving the problem of reproduction without water and the problem of dehydration in an oxygen atmosphere, solutions to these problems, vascular tissue of plants, cuticle of plants, reproduction with pollen, the exoskeleton of arthropods, and the amniote egg.
• Large Scale Process Have Affected Life on Earth: Continental Drift, Mass extinctions, Adaptive radiations.

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