Science Terms Practice Exercises

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Science Terms Study Guide

Science Terms Practice Exercises

Practice Exercise 1

Draw lines to match each field of science with the subject matter it studies.

Field of Science Subject Matter
1. cardiology a. the human nervous system
2. entomology b. human and animal behavior
3. astronomy c. origin of words
4. paleontology d. insects
5. neurology e. history of languages
6. geology f. the human heart
7. ornithology g. all living organisms
8. psychology h. prehistoric life forms
9. anthropology i. history of human beings
10. biology j. physical history of Earth
11. etymology k. birds
12. philology l. outer space


1. f
2. d
3. l
4. h
5. a
6. j
7. k
8. b
9. i
10. g
11. c
12. e

Practice Exercise 2

Are the following sentences using words correctly? Write T if they make an accurate statement and F if they use the boldfaced word incorrectly. Read carefully; there may be tricks in the statements.

1. Dr. Robert Jarvik, an American cardiologist, is best known for his contributions to the development of an artificial human heart.
2. Oceanography, the study of birds, has replaced ornithology as the proper name for this scientific field.
3. Sigmund Freud is famous as one of the world's most important psychologists for his theories about the workings of the human mind.
4. Dinosaurs are among the principal subjects of study for specialists in paleontology.
5. Studying words and their histories is the work of scientists in the field of neurology.
6. The study of astronomy has been an inspiration to scientists, as well as science fiction writers and moviemakers.
7. Studying rocks, volcanoes, and mountaintops is not the work of geologists.
8. Philology, a very specialized field of language studies, seeks to trace the development of languages.
9. The study of biology is the first requirement essential to the medical profession.
10. If you like bugs and you aren't afraid to touch them, and you like the idea of traveling to faraway jungles, you should consider becoming a professional etymologist.
11. Becoming an entomologist probably won't make you rich, but you will have the satisfaction of knowing that your study of insects is a serious contribution to the world's scientific knowledge.
12. Margaret Mead, one of the most important anthropologists of the twentieth century, studied the cultural influences on adolescence in different cultures, and became famous as an advocate of women's rights.
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