Item EN014002: Many species have become extinct throughout the history of life on earth.

Which of the following is TRUE about the extinction of species?

  1. Very few species have ever become extinct.  Most continue to exist.
  2. There have been extinction events in which many species became extinct at about the same time.  Aside from these, extinction is very rare.
  3. Up until recently, species rarely became extinct.  Humans have cause the majority of extinctions.
  4. Many species have become extinct throughout the history of life on earth. 

Distribution of Responses

Chart showing distrubtion of responses for Item EN014002

Percent of students responding correctly

Overall52%
Grades 6–848%
Grades 9–1258%
Male49%
Female55%
Primary Language is English52%
Primary Language is not English49%

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