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. GOOD LUCK! and happy hunting.



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1.   Below is a drawing by a early and very famous anatomist.  What's his name?

2.  What is the name of his drawing (seen above)?

3.  What was the title of the first Human Anatomy textbook (pub. date 1543)?

4.  Who was its author and at what University did he study medicine?

5.  What year did pure human insulin first become available for diabetics? 

6.  What is the hormone pictured below?  


7.   This is one tall boy scout, only 13 years old and already 7'4" tall.  Identify him and the overactive gland responsible for his fast growth 

8.  Of all the terms (words) in your textbook, which one is alphabetically the last and within what organ is it found? 

9.  What blood related human genetic disorder evolved to resist malaria? 

10.  What viral outbreak occurred in Angola, spring 2005, that had a 90% mortality rate?

11.  What Canadian track star had to return his gold medal in the 1988 summer Olympics because of illegal drug use?

12.  What disease did JFK have before and during his presidential term?

13.  According to the "Spiders on Drugs" video on my website, what type of web did the spider on marijuana build?

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

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

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

17.  Name the Oklahoma woman that lost 93 lbs. because surgeons removed some tissue from her body?

18.  What was the tissue they removed?

19.  Who is the man in the photo below?

20.  He died six years ago, but was only discovered this week sitting at his kitchen table.  What substance was he drinking that preserved his body so well?

21.  What country was he a native of?

22.  What common food kills over 200 people in the U.S. each year due to allergic reactions?

23.  Below is a skull from an ancient boy on display in Kenya.  What is his name?


24.  How old was he when he died?

25.  How old is he now?

26.  What was he named for?

27.  Where were these two intimate skeletons recently found (see photo below)?


28.  What two Shakespeare characters lived nearby?

29.  In the News:  For the first time scientists acquired a photograph of what terminal virus?

30.  Who does Ashi often publicly thank?

31.  What organ was David Vetter born without?

32.  A guy on vacation in Boca Raton, Florida, 1993, is walking down the beach when he meets two, very beautiful blondes in bikinis.  "Wow" he says, "You two must be twins" because they where almost identical.  "Nope" they both replied.  "In fact, one of us is 6 years older than the other.  Can you guess which of us is the older?"   He then asks them one question.  "Have either of you ever traveled out of this country?"  Whereupon they both say "No."  He was able then to very easily tell who was the older of the two.  How did he know?

33.  Name the syndrome that includes diarrhea, erratic blood sugar levels, and other problems often encountered after a gastrectomy. 

34.  Identify the following compound:  C9H9N  

35.  Identify the compound below that is so important to your health?

      hint: (black = Carbon, red=Oxygen, white=Hydrogen)

36.  This art exhibit is a recreation of the human digestive tract.  It eats, and digests food and eliminates feces that you can purchase.  No kidding!!!  Name the artist and title of his work pictured below: 

37.  Sensory impulses travel from the site of stimulation to the medulla oblongata, whereupon these motor responses follow:  These include taking a deep breath, raising the soft palate and thus closing the nasal cavity, closing the opening to the trachea (glottis), relaxing the circular muscle fibers at the base of the esophagus, contracting the diaphragm so it presses downward over the stomach, and contracting the abdominal wall muscles to increase pressure inside the abdominal cavity.  What is the name of the reflex just described?

38.  Name the human nutritional disorder named after a bird's scientific name?

39.  In the movie "The Island" what term did the company use to describe their human clones?

40.  Who is Christy Henrich and what did she suffer from? 

41.  What character from a famous 60's era TV sitcom shares his name with a metabolic cycle?

42.  What other order of mammals (besides ours, Primates) must consume vitamin C in their diets because they cannot manufacture it?

43.  In those mammals that can make vitamin C, the liver manufactures it along with another organ.  Name that other organ?

44.  Identify the important nutrient (entire molecule) below:


45.  Name the student that didn't like the way her own "burp" smelled?

46.  Name the person in the photo below:

47.  What affliction does she have?

48.  What restaurant franchise was recently discovered to have the animals in the photo below marauding in their kitchen?

49.  What city was it in?

50.    You're going on a deep, extended, scuba dive.  What gas would you mix with pure oxygen to avoid the danger of the bends (decompression sickness)?

51.  Read the story below and answer the question at the end:

Pleased to meet you!


RAY: My friend Bob went back to his hometown for Thanksgiving last year and while he was at his parents house sleeping on the couch in his underwear, an old high school friend stopped by to visit.

"Hey Bob, good to see you. Boy I bet it's been almost twenty years."

"You look great,"Bob said. "Tell me what have you been doing? I hear you've been running your father's gas station?"

"Yeah, but more important than that, I'm married. In fact, I married someone who was a year behind us in high school and I'm pretty sure you didn't know. By the way, this is my daughter," the friend said.

Bob looked down at the little girl who was five or six years old and extended his hand and asked the little girl her name.

"My mother and I have the same name," she said.

"Oh that's nice," said Bob. "Then I guess your name must be Annie."

How did he know?


52.  What inflamed structure killed George Washington?

53.  What can you do to instantly increase your lung capacity by 28% ?

54.  A patient is suffering from CO poisoning:  What gas, besides Oxygen, should you also be administering?

55..  What do duck feet and kidneys have in common?

56.  What language is the origin of the word "gout?"

57.  As pessoas que comem esta verdura freqüentemente urine de malodorous de experiência. O que verdura comum causa isto? 

58.  Quel désordre cause-t-il des gens qui mangent des betteraves excréter l'urine rose sombre?

59.  Who are the persons for which Cheyne-Stokes respiration is named after?  Include their first names and nationalities.

60.    This anatomist, photo below, has a structure named after him.  A normal healthy human has over 2 million of these structures in their body.  Who is he?


61.  What U.S. president's name is used to describe a male's renewed reproductive interest when exposed to unfamiliar females of the same species.

62.  In what country is "morning sickness" (nausea associated with pregnancy) most common?

63.  What is the theoretical reason "morning sickness" may protect the developing fetus?

64.  What genetic disorder do the Luciano brothers share?

65.  What was the last movie the famous actress (mentioned in your book's chapter on ageing) starred in before her death?

66.  Who was her co-star?

67.  Her co-stars daughter (also in the film)?

68.  Many methods (like ultrasound) allow observation of the developing fetus, but a new technique also allows the fetus to see outside the modified uterus.  This modified uterus is called?

69.  What term, no longer used, did Sir John Langdon Haydon Down first use to describe trisomy 21?

70.  Today, what is the average life expectancy of someone with Sir John's syndrome?

71.  What genetic trait did male members of the Adams family exhibit?  (Note the spelling "Adams" not "Addams")

72.  In the U.S., where do 65-80% of all human deaths occur?