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If Only They Could Talk!

Who Needs Words, Anyway?

Number Crunchers

Figure That One Out

No Fools About Tools

Thinking About Thinking

Viewer Challenge
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TEACHING GUIDES


Animal Einsteins:
Viewer Challenge Quiz


Watch Scientific American Frontiers Show 903: Animal Einsteins, and test your knowledge by answering these questions:

IF ONLY THEY COULD TALK!

1. The horse called Clever Hans was found to be doing this when he "answered" questions put to him.

2. How is Rocky the sea lion's use of sign language different from Hamlet the pig's?

WHO NEEDS WORDS, ANYWAY?

3. How might the ability to classify groups be important to a sea lion in the wild?

4. Until young children are about this age, they do not understand the concept of a model room symbolizing a large room.
a. 1 year
b. 18 months
c. 2 years
d. 3 years
NUMBER CRUNCHERS

5. To assure valid results in the apple counting experiment and avoid the "Clever Hans effect," scientists must:
a. blindfold the researchers.
b. run the same test with different conditions.
c. repeat the experiment with the same researcher, exactly the same way.
d. use the same researchers all the time.
6. What makes the researcher conclude that the monkey or baby is surprised by what is seen on the stage?

FIGURE THAT ONE OUT

7. Ravens belong to this family of birds, believed to be one of the most intelligent among birds.

NO FOOLS ABOUT TOOLS

8. What is one of the best ways to test an animal's intelligence?

9. The experiment with the cotton-top tamarin attempts to determine if the tamarin knows:
a. different colors.
b. left from right.
c. what features of a tool make it effective.
d. how to find food in the wild.
THINKING ABOUT THINKING

10. What is the big question being explored in the experiment with Darryl the chimpanzee?



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