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Animal Behavior (Grades 11-12)

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Animal Behavior

Which situation does not describe an innate behavior?
  1. an action present in an animal that has a very short life span
  2. an action that is genetically determined
  3. that webs of spiders are identical
  4. an action that is influenced by rewards
How are learning and habituation related?

A dog that comes to you when you whistle demonstrates which type of behavior?
  1. hibernation
  2. instinct
  3. mimicry
  4. learned behavior
You visit your grandmother for a week's holiday. On the first night, you are kept awake by a wall clock that chimes at quarter-hour intervals. By the end of the week, you have no difficulty sleeping. This is an example of
  1. habituation.
  2. innate behavior.
  3. operant conditioning.
  4. classical conditioning.
B. F. Skinner was one of the first researchers to use a training technique that involved presenting an animal with a reward at the same time a lever was pushed. Over time, the animal learned that the two things were connected. What kind of learning is this?
  1. habituation
  2. operant conditioning
  3. classical conditioning
  4. insight learning
What would be an example of insight learning?
  1. a mouse eating some cheese that was found on the floor
  2. an elephant using its trunk to move a large tree out of the way
  3. a rat pulling a lever in order to receive a food reward
  4. a monkey stacking some boxes to reach a high food source
What will happen to an animal that has a circadian clock of about 25 hours if it is kept in the dark without any clues as to what time it is or the amount of daylight present?
  1. It will become active one hour later each day.
  2. It will become active at the same time each day.
  3. It will be active one hour earlier each day.
  4. It will be active at all times during the day.
Which is NOT a characteristic of imprinting?
  1. It occurs during a critical period.
  2. Its effects can be easily reversed.
  3. It is a form of learning.
  4. Its effects last for long periods of time.
The ability of an organisms to return to a specific site even after traveling for long distances is called                   .
What occurred during Ivan Pavlov's well-known experiment and what kind of conditioning does it describe?

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