Protist Chapter Study Guide



1.       In your own words, what does it mean to be a protist.

2.       Describe endosymbiosis and the process of eukaryotic evolution.

3.       What is a mixotroph.

4.       How would a paramecium achieve genetic diversity?



5.       Explain how the form of a diatom’s wall relates to its function.

6.       What is the effect of a diatom bloom on carbon levels in the atmosphere?  Ocean?

7.       Describe the wall composition of a foram.

8.       Explain how the wall of a foram be affected by increased global carbon dioxide levels.



9.       Why is a seaweed (macroalgae) not a “plant?”

10.   Diagram the parts of a common macroalgae.

11.   How do macroalgae display alternation of generations?

12.   Diagram the life cycle of macroalgae, and label where genetic diversity is enhanced.

13.   Explain whether or not humans display alternation of generations.



14.   How does a plasmodial slime mold come to be?

15.   What are the advantages of being a plasmodium?

16.   Do they exhibit alternation of generations?  Why (not)?