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Chapter 3: Communities and Biomes

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  1.The biome with warm temperatures and high rainfall is __________.  
  a.   the temperate forest  
  b.   the tropical rain forest  
  c.   the desert  
  d.   the grasslands  
  2.The biome that has the greatest number of conifers is __________.  
  a.   the tropical rain forest  
  b.   the grasslands  
  c.   the desert  
  d.   the taiga  
  3.A climax community for a deciduous forest may contain __________.  
  a.   grasslands  
  b.   mostly ferns  
  c.   many conifers  
  d.   oak and maple trees  
  4.Lichens, mosses and ferns are called __________.  
  a.   pioneer species  
  b.   abiotic factors  
  c.   limiting species  
  d.   consumers  
  5.Primary succession occurs on __________.  
  a.   disturbed grasslands  
  b.   abandoned fields  
  c.   land exposed by glaciers  
  d.   burned areas in forests  
  6.The conditions that dictate where an organism may live are called  
  a.   biological factors  
  b.   limiting factors  
  c.   the optimal range  
  d.   stress zones  
  7.After a forest fire, __________ occurs.  
  a.   community death  
  b.   a climax community  
  c.   primary succession  
  d.   secondary succession  
  8.Succession is __________ of an ecosystem.  
  a.   the destruction  
  b.   the orderly changes  
  c.   the climax  
  d.   the creation  
  9.In the early stages of succession one might expect _________.  
  a.   simple food chains  
  b.   tropical rain forests  
  c.   tremendous biodiversity  
  d.   complex food webs  
  10.A primary abiotic limiting factor of a desert biome is __________.  
  a.   altitude  
  b.   too much sand  
  c.   water  
  d.   lack of plant life  
  11.The optimum range of most organisms inhabiting marine biomes is __________.  
  a.   the photic zone  
  b.   its range of intolerance  
  c.   ideal for the species  
  d.   the aphotic zone  
  12.The major difference between the tundra and taiga biomes is that tundra has _________.  
  a.   permafrost  
  b.   more trees  
  c.   longer summers  
  d.   a more southern range  
  13.Organisms inhabiting tropical rain forests might include __________.  
  a.   lichen and caribou  
  b.   monkeys and toucans  
  c.   small trees and ravens  
  d.   bears and tortoises  
  14.Which of the following is a terrestrial biome?  
  a.   desert  
  b.   coral reef  
  c.   ocean  
  d.   pond  
  15.Communities in which fresh water and salt water mix are __________.  
  a.   usually deep  
  b.   marine  
  c.   planktonic  
  d.   estuaries  

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