Biology 625
Sample exam

The exam below is simply a sample test, portions of which were given to students in 1995. This sample exam is not meant to be all inclusive. Rather, it should be used only to give you an idea of how I design many of my exams. Be sure that not all information in the course is contained within the body of this sample exam.


NOTE: A species is binomial

  1. Tell me whether a particular attribute is present (P) or absent (A) for each of the following (2 points each, 30 points total).

    1. Festoons on Dermacentor variabilis.

    2. A proboscis for Moniliformis moniliformis.

    3. A larval stage for Amblyomma americanum.

    4. Nits for Haematopinus suis.

    5. A scutum on Ixodes scapularis.

    6. A pupal stage for Rhipicephalus sanguineus.

    7. A hypostome on Ctenocephalides felis.

    8. A larval stage for Ixodes scapularis.

    9. A toothed (armed) hypostome for Dermacentor variabilis.

    10. A genal ctenidium for Ctenocephalides felis.

    11. An anal groove for Ixodes scapularis.

    12. An exoskeleton for Cimex lectularis.

    13. Milk glands in female Glossina spp.

    14. A stolon for Polypodium hydriforme.

    15. A pupal stage for Ctenocephalides felis.

  2. For 5 points, and in the brief space provided below, tell me what you think the greatest threat to animal health (any animal) is today in the United States; and WHY.

  3. For each disease, provide a common name of an arthropod that might transmit the disease (2 points each; 20 points total).

    1. Trypanosoma brucei

    2. Canine erlichiosis

    3. Trypanosoma cruzi

    4. Leishmania spp.

    5. Malaria

    6. onchocerciasis

    7. Bubonic plague

    8. Lyme disease

    9. yellow fever

    10. blue tongue

  4. Provide the common names for each of the following species or group of arthropod (2 points each, 20 points total).

    1. Cimex lectularis

    2. Haematopinus suis

    3. Ctenocephalides felis

    4. Varroa jacobsoni

    5. Amblyomma americanum

    6. Placobdella parasitica

    7. Tabanus spp.

    8. Linguatula serrata

    9. Platypsyllus castoris

    10. Simulium spp.

  5. Diagram the entire life-cycle of a typical myxozoan. Label all stages (10 points).

  6. For each of the following, tell whether it is a characteristic of a platyhelminth (P), nematode (N) or protozoan (R) (1 point each; 20 points total)

    1. scolex

    2. acetabulum

    3. ballonet

    4. axostyle

    5. metacercaria

    6. coracidium

    7. miricidium

    8. opisthaptor

    9. anchor

    10. gubernaculum

    11. kinetoplast

    12. oocyst

    13. rachis

    14. amphid

    15. tribocytic organ

    16. macronucleus

    17. eutely

    18. copulatory bursa

    19. redia

    20. pleurocercoid

  7. In the space provided below, please diagram and label the complete life-cycle of Cimex lectularis (10 points)

  8. In the space provided below, please digram and label the complete life-cycle of Culex pipiens (10 points total).

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24 September, 1999