Questions of the Week


Each week you will find questions posted here.  Be the first in your class to answer one of them correctly, and you will be rewarded with up to 5 bonus points on your next exam.  Be sure and include:  Name, class period or section, and the number of the question you are attempting to answer.  You may keep submitting answers until you get it right with no penalty incurred.  Most of these questions can be answered via the internet using a proven search engine or browser.  I prefer so you may wish to use that one also, but more importantly use one that you are familiar with.  Your textbook may also help.  Check back here often to find hints to assist you if questions go unanswered for more than one week.  Email your answer to:  If for some reason your email is returned as "undeliverable", save it (or retrieve it from "sent items") and try again later.  The original time and date of your response will be recorded.  Also, do not attach your answer, but rather include it in the text of your email, otherwise it may be blocked by our campus "firewall."  GOOD LUCK! and happy hunting.



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General Biology II

1.  What is the largest bird (greatest wingspan), native to North America,  that can be found in Tennessee?

White Pelican

2.  A man is driving from the east coast to the west in early autumn.  Somewhere in Kansas he notices that on both sides of the highway is an immense field of a certain cultivated crop.  But oddly enough the plants on the left are green, and the ones to his right are bright yellow.  The crop is all the same age and of the same variety.  What is the plant and the biological phenomenon that he observed.Click for detailed Kansas Flag


3.  What other famous person was born on the same day, month and year as Abraham Lincoln? 

Charles Darwin

4.  What fish native to Tennessee will return to the ocean to spawn?

American Eel

5.  Google this fictitious word:   yxc7zekw  and when you find a website that has it, send me the google page with the link.

6.  Who is Kristen Byrnes and what did she research?

high school student/Global warming

7.  How old was she when she published her research?


8.  What was the title of her research paper?

Ponder the Maunder

9.  What is the largest single cell found in the world today?

Ostrich egg

10.  The animals below form a gelatinous mass that is found in ponds and lakes in Tennessee.  Some folks call it "Summer Ice" because it looks like ice and appears in mid to late summer (right now!).  Name the animal that produces "summer ice" ?

Bryozoans or Moss animals

Hint:  they are similar to corals, but limited to fresh water.


11.  For both lecture and lab bonus points, bring in a living specimen of "Summer Ice" to the biology lab.  Be sure and keep it in a sample of the same water in which it was living when you collected it.

12.  This word for a living thing is the both the first and the last (at least in some books)?

13.  Give a plausible reason why humans are one of the very few animals where the female experiences menopause well before the maximum life span is reached?

“grandmother hypothesis"

14.  You have 10 stacks of gold coins, 10 in each stack, total of 100 coins.  One stack is all counterfeit.  Real coins weigh 10 grams, bogus coins only 9 grams.  The problem is the scale you're using is digital and keeps blowing fuses each time you weigh a coin.  You have one fuse left.  The real coins are ancient and worth millions.  But if you're caught with the bogus coins, when you attempt to pass through customs, you will suffer great turmoil, counterfeiting being a capital offense in Afghanistan.  Your plane is waiting.  With just one weighing  how can you determine which is the counterfeit stack?  It can be done, no magic tricks, but how?  Your life and great wealth depend on it!

15.  What drug induced the spider to have hundreds of offspring, but then it had to leave the web because of a restraining order?  


16.  What drug induced the spider to build a huge, minimalist, non-functioning web that was useless for capturing prey?


17.  What drug caused the spider to rob and kidnap other spiders? 

18.  What drug induced hammock construction?


19.  What color is this number: 1.618.....?


20.  Finish the integer sequence out to ten decimal places?

21.  What did the Greeks call it?

22.  What animal has the car keys in a recent Gortex commercial?

A Kangaroo

23.  What is the scientific name of this creature below?

Agkistrodon piscivorus


24.  Where was it captured?

Glover building steps by Lab.

25.  Identify the creature below:     Ichneumon Wasp

26.  Identify the bone below?

Pharyngeal teeth from a Freshwater Drum.


 27.  What species, native to West Tennessee, does this bone belong to?

Duh, a Freshwater Drum

28.  What does it eat that requires such an apparatus?

shell fish like clams and mussels, snails, etc.

29.  Erica and John are standing in the same cow pasture at the same time.  Erica looks around and sees the same number of bulls and cows in the field. However, John can see twice as many cows as bulls. How can this be and how many cows and bulls are there in the field?

30.  What uses up more calories:  running, swimming or walking up stairs?  

running up stairs

31.  What other 2 animals besides humans and primates, cannot manufacture vitamin C?

Guinea pigs and fruit bats

2.  What is the longest word in the English language, composed of 45 letters, and meaning a lung disease caused by the inhalation of volcanic silica?


33.  Identify the name of the fish bone shown below.  It is also in a state of hyperostosis!

34.  What color feathers do Flamingos have when raised in captivity?


35.  What is the most abundant greenhouse gas?

Water vapor

36.  What was the first cloned mammal species and what was her show biz name?

Dolly the sheep

37.  How do cells communicate? 

Cell phones, of course!

38.  Who is the man in the photo below?

Bill Haast

39.  Name the species of serpent he is handling?

King Cobra:  largest venomous snake in the world!

40.  How old was he when he died, and to what did he credit his longevity?

41.  What will happen tonight, Aug. 1, 2012 at precisely 10:27 pm.? 

A full moon

42.  The same thing will happen again on Aug. 31 at 8:57 am.  What color is it this time?

43.  When will this special colored phemomenon occur again?