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Big Picture

City of Gold

Ways of the Wild

Mr. Cele's Garden

Fighting Malaria

The First People

Viewer Challenge
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TEACHING GUIDES


SCIENCE SAFARI: Viewer Challenge


Watch Scientific American Frontiers Show 702, "Science Safari," and test your knowledge by answering these questions:



CITY OF GOLD

1. Archaeologists found all of the following at Thulamela except:
a. iron
b. diamonds
c. copper
d. gold

2. In what way do the Venda people tell a story or express a part of their history?


WAYS OF THE WILD

3. The process of natural selection in Mkuze Park is influenced by all of the following except:
a. drought
b. fire
c. climate
d. poachers

4. What species of African wildlife was saved from extinction by good wildlife management?


MR. CELE'S GARDEN

5. Why have some medicinal plants been driven to near-extinction in South Africa?

6. Which one of the following plants almost became extinct in South Africa?
a. wild ginger
b. pepperbark tree
c. peppermint
d. ginseng


FIGHTING MALARIA

7. Malaria is primarily being brought to South Africa by people coming from what country?
a. Ghana
b. Tanzania
c. Mozambique
d. Kenya

8. What are two methods South Africa is using to control malaria?


THE FIRST PEOPLE

9. Fossils found at the Saldanha site are representative of what kind of hominids?
a. modern humans
b. Cro-Magnons
c. archaic humans
d. Neanderthals

10. Much of the rock art in South Africa was painted with what pigment?


ANSWERS:

1. b
2. songs, dance
3. d
4. white rhino
5. growing population increased the demand
6. b
7. c
8. spraying walls inside houses, visits by health workers, mass screenings
9. c
10. ochre








 

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