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Table 1.
Selected fundamental statements from the microbiology concept inventory (Paustian et al., 2018), and our assessment items that align with each.
Fundamental StatementAssessment Items
14. The growth of microorganisms can be controlled by physical, chemical, mechanical, or biological means. a. What are antibiotics used for?
b. What is a “superbug”? 
20. Microorganisms are ubiquitous and live in diverse and dynamic ecosystems. c. Give the definition of “microorganism.”
d. Name some types of microorganisms.
e. List some places where microorganisms are found. 
23. Microorganisms, cellular and viral, can interact with both human and nonhuman hosts in beneficial, neutral, or detrimental ways. f. List all of the ways that microorganisms and humans can interact or affect each other.
g. What percentage of microorganisms are harmful to humans?
h. Rate the harmfulness of microorganisms on a scale of 1–10, 10 being highest. 
27. Because the true diversity of microbial life is largely unknown, its effects and potential benefits have not been fully explored. i. What percentage of all estimated species of microorganisms are known to science?
j. Why don't scientists know all the species of microorganisms that exist?
k. Rate your knowledge of microbiology on a scale of 1–10, 10 being highest. 
Fundamental StatementAssessment Items
14. The growth of microorganisms can be controlled by physical, chemical, mechanical, or biological means. a. What are antibiotics used for?
b. What is a “superbug”? 
20. Microorganisms are ubiquitous and live in diverse and dynamic ecosystems. c. Give the definition of “microorganism.”
d. Name some types of microorganisms.
e. List some places where microorganisms are found. 
23. Microorganisms, cellular and viral, can interact with both human and nonhuman hosts in beneficial, neutral, or detrimental ways. f. List all of the ways that microorganisms and humans can interact or affect each other.
g. What percentage of microorganisms are harmful to humans?
h. Rate the harmfulness of microorganisms on a scale of 1–10, 10 being highest. 
27. Because the true diversity of microbial life is largely unknown, its effects and potential benefits have not been fully explored. i. What percentage of all estimated species of microorganisms are known to science?
j. Why don't scientists know all the species of microorganisms that exist?
k. Rate your knowledge of microbiology on a scale of 1–10, 10 being highest. 
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