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Item ID025005: Changes in a population may affect populations that are not directly connected by a feeding relationship even if they are several steps away in a food web (no specific organisms identified).

The diagram below shows the feeding relationships between populations of organisms L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, and S in an area. The arrows point from the organisms being eaten to the organisms that eat them.

Using only the relationships between the organisms shown in the diagram, which of the following populations of organisms could be affected if the number of Ps changes?

  1. Only the population of Ps could be affected.
  2. Only the populations of Ls, Ns, and Ss could be affected.
  3. Only the populations of Ps, Qs, Ss, and Rs could be affected.
  4. The populations of all of the organisms shown in the diagram could be affected.
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Students Responding Correctly
Group Correct Total Percent
Overall 754 1469 51%
  6–8 428 856 50%
  9–12 324 611 53%
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