The Bacteria, Virus or Fungus Quiz

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About This Quiz

Is that weird rash you have a gross fungus, a disturbingly contagious virus or a wholly disgusting bacteria? We can't answer that question, but we can test your knowledge of our three germy friends in general.

Before we jump in, let's get some basics down. What is a bacteria?

Bacteria are single cells, with a pretty simple internal structure.

Which one of these best describes a virus?

Viruses have either RNA or DNA, but lack a complex structure.

What's a fungus?

Unlike plants that can photosynthesize, fungi need to absorb food from their surroundings.

What cannot reproduce on its own, without a host cell?

Viruses can't just replicate on their own, so there's some debate about whether they're considered "life."

What's a germ?

We often just call microbes germs, which can encompass all three categories.

What is a prokaryote?

Bacteria and archaea are both prokaryotes.

What is a eukaryote?

Fungi are eukaryotes, as are all plants and animals.

Are viruses:

Recall that viruses aren't cellular.

What do we call viruses that aren't part of a host cell?

Virions are the particles that exist outside the host cell.

What is NOT a fungi?

But wait … we'll see that gets more complex.

Fungi are present where?

Lichens, for instance, contain both algae and fungus.

Let's get down to it! Can you name the bacteria?

While we think of most sexually transmitted diseases as viruses, chlamydia is actual bacterial.

Dengue fever is caused by:

Dengue is in the flaviviridae family of viruses.

What is smaller: a virus or a bacteria?

Viruses are extremely small.

About how much bigger are bacteria in comparison to viruses?

But bacteria, of course, are still extremely small and can only be seen through a microscope.

The Roman deity Robigus was the god of what?

Robigus was honored to prevent crops from becoming mildewed or diseased.

What works to break down organic matter?

Both bacteria and fungi break down matter and release important elements into the soil and air.

Which of these is a real fungus?

There are actually quite a few "tooth" fungis.

Is Wolbachia:

A genus of bacteria, Wolbachia is an extremely common parasite that often infects insects.

More Latin! The somewhat rudely named phallus impudicus is what?

It's a mushroom, and its Latin name translates to "immodest penis." You can guess what it looks like.

We can't leave the phallus impudicus just yet. What's its common name?

As if the phallus impudicus wasn't going to get teased enough, its nickname is also pretty rotten.

Athlete's foot is:

Also known as tinea pedis, athlete's foot is caused by a fungal infection.

Tuberculosis is:

Although you might think it has symptoms similar to common viruses, TB is bacterial.

A cold is:

Okay, that might be an easy one.

Cryptococcosis is a disease that infects the lungs. It's caused by:

A fungus found in soil, Cryptococcosis infects the lungs when it's breathed in.

Feline leukemia is:

Unlike human leukemia, feline leukemia is viral and contagious to other cats.

Ringworm is:

Ringworm — in both humans and animals — is a fungal infection. (And there is no worm.)

Measles is caused by:

Measles is a viral infection.

Strep throat is:

Which is why antibiotics are prescribed.

Lyme disease is:

Ticks spread the bacteria Borrelia burgdorfer, which causes Lyme disease.

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