Mr. Maybe Biology Test


Addison Drone, Editor

Two weeks ago, I asked Mrs. Acquadro about some sports topics to try to pick her knowledge; this week, I am conducting a converse study. Here, I am interviewing Mr. Maybe, a renowned OP gym teacher with a college education from Eastern Connecticut, on the wondrous topic of biology. I will determine whether he was a rugby jock or a nerd like me in his Biology 101 course.


What is your favorite animal?

Response: Sabertooth tiger (like the one from the Ice Age movies).


What animal has opposable thumbs like humans?

Response: Not a cat according to Meet the Fockers; a chimp.

Answer: Chimpanzee.


How many chromosomes do humans have?

Response: One is X, and one is Y for genders. I know that if you have too many or too little, then you can have a disability. My guess is 17 chromosomes.

Answer: 46


Where is the DNA of a eukaryotic cell located?

Response: Mitochondria, AKA the powerhouse of the cell. It can also be found in the nucleus

Answer: Nucleus


Blood cells are known for transporting what material through the body?

Response: Red blood cells? We are talking plasma! We are talking oxygen!

Answer: Oxygen


Which has more genes: a human or a grain of rice?

Response: A human.

Answer: A grain of rice.


What branch of biology includes the study of biomes, food chains, and biodiversity? It focuses heavily on the environment.

Response: This revolves around ecosystems, and the study of it is called ecology.

Answer: Ecology.


What evolutionary significance does your appendix have?

Response: Humans used to be able to eat raw meats and grass, but now it has no purpose. I had mine removed when I was 16, so I know a lot about it.

Answer: In today’s age, it is known as a vestigial structure and no longer has any evolutionary significance.


What is a liger?

Response: It is a combination between a lion and a tiger. I actually thought that it was a fictional character from Napoleon Dynamite.

Answer: A hybrid between a lion and a tiger


A plant has alleles for height with T (tall) being dominant with t (short) being recessive. If two heterozygous plants (Tt) are crossed, what is the probability of an offspring being short?

Response: 50-50. *I shake my head no* 75%. *I shake my head no* 100% *I shake my head no* 25% *I nod yes* Four guesses. I got it!

Answer: 25%


How do viruses work?

Response: Viruses infect someone and stay within your system. Your white blood cells need to fight it off.

Answer: Oftentimes, viruses will inject their genome into its host cell, which, when replicated, will spread the virus.


Extra Credit:

Do Grolar Bears (Grizzly-Polar Bear hybrid) truly exist? If so, then where?

Response: Yes, Alaskan tundra.

Answer: Yes, Canadian Arctic.