Name Date Core Discussion Questions for Living Organisms Test

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Discussion Questions for Living Organisms Test
01. Organisms are classified into three domains, including organisms not visible to the human
eye. Classify living organisms into the correct domains and explain why they are classified
this way. (pages 27-28)
02. Microorganisms are capable of the basic life functions such as moving, taking in food,
reproducing, and detecting their environments. Explain how the following unicellular
organisms perform the basic life functions: Euglena • Amoeba • Paramecium • Volvox.
(chart created in class)
03. Illustrate and describe the structures of single-celled organisms (Euglena, Amoeba,
Paramecium, and Volvox.)
04. Compare single-celled organisms (Euglena, Amoeba, Paramecium, and Volvox) based on
their structures and life functions. (chart created in class)
05. Compare prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. How are they alike and different? Use a chart
to provide your answer.
06. All living things are composed of cells. Explain why this is true based on the Cell Theory.
(p. 13)
07. The cell and its organelles are only visible using a microscope. Describe how this is
accomplished. (p. 18)
08. Describe how the structures/substances in an animal cell work together to perform life
processes to keep the cell alive.
09. Describe why a plant cell is unique.
10. Cells need ribosomes. Why? Hypothesize what would occur if cells did not have
11. What are the life processes that need to occur in a cell to keep it alive? Which one would
you prioritize as being the most important process? Why?
12. One of your learning goals for this standard is to understand the processes, structures
and functions of living organisms that enable them to survive, reproduce and
carry out the basic functions of life. Summarize what you have learned to
provide evidence that you have achieved this goal.