Avatars! Your second match in The Grand Tournament pits you against a husky and Wilfred Brimley-ish Walrus Knight! You’ll have to defeat it in a grand Boss Battle on Day 35 (December 7-8).
Rules for Boss Battles
- There will be 15 questions in total to answer. You will use your clickers to answer the questions individually.
- You will have 2 minutes to answer each question.
- You may use any of your avatar’s powers you have learned to help you defeat the Boss.
- You will earn XP based on the following table:
- A = 1,000 XP
- B = 800 XP
- C = 500 XP
- D = 200 XP
- F = 0 XP
- If less than 75% of the class gets a question incorrect, the Walrus Knight will cast a Blizzard on a random clan, removing 10 AP from all members. It’s hard to gather your energy in the cold!
- Since this is a Grand Tournament official match, clans will get the option to bet up to 500 GP on all members of their Clan passing the quiz. If all members do pass, the Clan gains however much gold they wagered. If not all members pass, the Clan loses however much they wagered.
How to Succeed in Fighting The Walrus Knight
- Understand the processes of Natural Selection and Artificial Selection
- Understand the factors that give organisms a greater chance of survival due to Natural Selection:
- Genetic Variation – the more differences that a population can hold, the better. These genetic differences give different solutions that might help the population survive…
- Environmental Factors – the ways a population is threatened to not be able to reproduce anymore (usually by death). Environmental factors are often more dangerous when the environment changes quickly… changes usually result in problems that an organism isn’t adapted to deal with, such as camouflage no longer being useful to hide.
- Understand the true meaning of “Survival of the Fittest” *hint* – it doesn’t necessarily mean strength.
- Understand these pieces of evidence for evolution: homology; heredity/genetics; fossil record; embryology
- Homology/Comparative Anatomy: the idea that creatures share common body parts. The more closely related species are, the more body parts they share. Sometimes the body parts are similar, but have different functions (bat wing vs. human arm, for example.)
- Heredity/Genetics: DNA can be examined to determine how closely organisms are related. Since DNA gives cells instructions on how to grow, it only makes since that species with closer instructions would be more closely related
- Fossil Record: we can examine fossils to understand how organisms have changed over time, primarily by looking at homologous structures.
- Embryology: if we study developing baby organisms, clues are available that help explain our evolutionary past.
- Know how to read a phylogenetic tree
- be able to identify the closest relative of any organism listed on a phylogenetic tree
- be able to point out a common ancestor of two or more species on a phylogenetic tree