Multiple choice questions

Multiple choice questions provide you with a number of answers and you must select the answer that you think is correct. Typically, a multiple choice question will ask you to 'Give the letter...' or 'Give the number...' that matches your choice, although some multiple choice questions may ask you to tick a box.

Multiple choice questions can appear throughout exam papers, but are asked more often in foundation tier papers than in higher tier.

There are usually four options to choose from in a multiple choice question. You must only choose one of these options. You will not get a mark if you choose more than one option.

Sample question 1 - Foundation

Question

Name the process that industry uses to obtain fractions from crude oil.

The temperature rose during the experiment.

Choose from the grid below a term that could be used to describe this reaction. [1 mark]

ANeutralisation
BPolymerisation
CCracking
DFractional distillation

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ANeutralisation
BPolymerisation
CCracking
DFractional distillation

Sample question 2 - Foundation

Question

A sample of crude oil is separated into four fractions in a laboratory. The table below shows properties of the four fractions collected.

FractionBoiling point rangeColourViscosity at 20°CHow it burns
120-100°CColourlessRunnyVery easily with a clean flame
2100-150°CPale yellowFairly runnyEasily with a clean flame
3150-200°CYellowQuite thickQuite easily with a yellow flame and some smoke
4200-250°CDark yellowThickHard to burn and a very smoky flame

Give the number (1, 2, 3 or 4) of the fraction:

  • which is darkest in colour
  • which is easiest to burn
  • which is easiest to pour
  • with the biggest boiling range

[4 marks]

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  • 4 [1]
  • 1 [1]
  • 1 [1]
  • 1 [1]

Sample question 3 - Higher

Question

Which one of the following compounds is an alkane? [1 mark]

AC16H32
BC16H34
CC17H32
DC17H34

This question has been written by a Bitesize consultant as a suggestion to the type of question that may appear in an exam paper.

AC16H32
BC16H34
CC17H32
DC17H34