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The Beastly Babble Quiz

You will note that - before you start - all the answers are marked "true". Hint: the statements are NOT all true. It is up to you to decide whether the statement is true or false, and use your mouse to select the correct button. When you are finished, click the button at the bottom of the page for scoring.

1. Humans use sets of words, or language to communicate that they learned as tots. Some animals, though, seem to be born with their communication skills.
True
False

2. Compare the vocal structure of a dog with a human, and a dolphin with a human. A dog vocalizes in much the same way as a person, while the dolphin is quite different.
True
False

3. Parrots and other "talking" birds mimic human voices better than any other animal and will understand you when you talk to them.
True
False

4. The syrinx (the organ birds use to vocalize) is just like the larynx (the organ humans use to vocalize).
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False

5. Apes (gorillas and chimpanzees) are very intelligent, so it is easy to teach them to speak.
True
False

6. The solitary carpenter bee does not rely on his fellow species to survive, and so has not developed a language, while the honeybee - who lives in a communal hive - communicates well with its own species.
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False

7. A dolphin's vocal cords are located near the blowhole at the top of the head.
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False

8. Because elephants are so big, we would expect them to make high-pitched sounds.
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False

9. The more human-like a creature looks, the more he communicates like a human.
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False

10. Many dolphin sounds aren't really to communicate, but to help them move safely through the ocean.
True
False

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