Multiple choice questions

Multiple choice questions are perhaps the easiest to complete - you simply put a cross in a box - however, the questions often have two answers that could, at first glance, be correct. Don't make the mistake of reading the first answer and thinking this is correct without checking all the others.

If it says 'Tick one box', you must tick one box. If you leave it blank or tick two or more boxes you will get zero marks. These multiple choice questions will not start with command words like 'Describe...' or 'Explain...'. They will be written in the form of a question like 'What...?' or 'Why...?'.

There will be more multiple choice questions on the Foundation paper.

These questions have been written by Bitesize consultants as suggestions to the types of questions that may appear in an exam paper.

Sample question 1 - Foundation

Question

Identify the chamber of the heart labelled A.

Diagram of the heart. It is not labelled.

Tick one box. [1 mark]

ALeft atrium
BLeft ventricle
CRight atrium
DRight ventricle
ALeft atrium
BLeft ventricle
CRight atrium
DRight ventricle

Sample question 2 - Foundation

Question
Unlabelled diagram of the heart

If structure B is faulty, which is the best way of correcting its effect on the heart?

Tick one box. [1 mark]

AA stent
BA heart transplant
CA replacement valve
DTake more exercise
AA stent
BA heart transplant
CA replacement valve
DTake more exercise

A faulty heart valve may not open as wide as it should, or may leak, affecting blood flow through the heart and to the body. The valve must be replaced by a mechanical or biological valve.

Sample question 3 - Higher

Question

Which two of the following are functions of bile? [2 marks]

AThe enzymes in bile help to digest food
BIt helps to provide the optimum pH for pancreatic enzymes to work
CIt emulsifies fats
DIt makes food in the digestive system more soluble
AThe enzymes in bile help to digest food
BIt helps to provide the optimum pH for pancreatic enzymes to work
CIt emulsifies fats
DIt makes food in the digestive system more soluble

Sodium hydrogencarbonate in bile helps to neutralise stomach acid and provide the optimum pH for pancreatic enzymes to work. It emulsifies fats, breaking them into tiny droplets, therefore increasing the surface area over which enzymes can work.

Bile does help in the digestion of food (response A), but does not contain enzymes.

Sample question 4 - Higher

Question

When urea is synthesised in the body, where is it transported?

Tick one box. [1 mark]

AFrom the small intestine to the liver
BFrom the liver to the kidneys
CFrom the brain to the heart
DFrom the lungs to the heart
AFrom the small intestine to the liver
BFrom the liver to the kidneys
CFrom the brain to the heart
DFrom the lungs to the heart