The Ultimate Animal Emotions Quiz

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The Ultimate Animal Emotions Quiz
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Many animal lovers will assert that their beloved pets have a range of emotions. Scientists are studying this complicated subject, but have come to no conclusions. Take this quiz and see how you feel about the question whether animals have emotions.
What animals appear to grieve over the death of a loved one?
elephants
sea lions
both answers
Elephants, sea lions, geese, bears, monkeys and moose all show evidence of grief over death.

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Which animals appear to enjoy playing?
dolphins
chimpanzees
both answers
Dolphins, chimpanzees, elk and rats appear to enjoy playing.

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What happens in the brain during emotional moments?
brain activity in certain areas
There is brain activity in certain specific areas during emotional moments.
brain activity in all areas
no brain activity

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Where is the amygdala?
neocortex
temporal lobe
The amygdala is deep inside the temporal lobe.
frontal lobe

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What is the primary role of the amygdala?
automatic function
memory and emotion
The amygdala processes memory and emotion.
language

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When a pet owner is gone from home for long periods of time, what may a dog be trying to communicate to its master by defecating on the carpet?
feeling lonely
unable to handle being alone
both answers
The dog may be feeling lonely and not understand how to handle being alone for extended periods of time.

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What is anthropomorphism?
projection of human traits onto animals
Anthropomorphism is when humans project their own traits onto their animals.
taking on animal characteristics
characteristics of dwarfism

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What cat behavior may make you think that your cat is happy to see you?
yapping
purring
Humans sense happiness from a cat's purring sounds.
meowing

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What is the general consensus regarding whether animals experience emotions?
experience no emotions
experience emotions
The general consensus is that animals do experience emotions.
neither answers

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What scientific method may be used to study animal emotions?
compare brain reactions
The study of an animal's brain reaction compared to a human's brain reaction during an emotional moment may be useful.
observe animal responses
neither answers

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You Got:
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