Meiosis & Sexual Life Cycles

  1. What is meiosis and what is the purpose of meiotic cell division?  Which cell types undergo meiotic cell division?
  2. What is the difference between sexual and asexual reproduction?
  3. Describe the sexual life cycle of an animal.  What is a gamete?  Where are they produced?  Why does the ploidy of gametes differ from that of the sex cells from which they are derived?
  4. Define the following terms:  haploid, diploid, homologous chromosomes, sister chromatids, zygote.
  5. Name and describe the series of events that occur during each of the stages of meiotic cell division.