Multiple choice questions

Multiple choice questions appear throughout both exam papers, and at both foundation tier and higher tier. Multiple choice questions are usually asked as questions, often starting with 'what is...' or 'why...'.

You have three or four options to choose from in a multiple choice question. You must choose the number of options asked for in the question by placing ticks in boxes. Most multiple choice questions require just one tick, but a few ask for two ticks. You will not get a mark if you leave all the boxes blank, or if you put a tick in more than the required number of boxes.

Multiple choice questions often have two answers that could, at first glance, be correct. It is important to check all the answers before deciding which box to tick. It is also important to check that your chosen statement answers the question - some questions might include an option that is a correct statement, but that does not answer the question.

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

Which two substances are mixtures? Tick two boxes. [2 marks]

AAir
BCarbon dioxide
CGraphite
DSodium chloride
ESteel
AAir
BCarbon dioxide
CGraphite
DSodium chloride
ESteel

Sample question 2 - Foundation

Question

The electronic structures of the atoms of five elements are shown below:

The electron structure of five elements.

Which element is a metal in the same group of the periodic table as element A? [1 mark]

E

Sample question 3 - Higher

Question

The table below shows the boiling points of some elements in group 7 of the periodic table.

ElementBoiling point
Fluorine-188°C
Chlorine-35°C
Bromine59°C
Iodine184°C

Why does iodine have a higher boiling point than chlorine? Tick one box. [1 mark]

AIodine is ionic and chlorine is covalent
BIodine is less reactive than chlorine
CThe covalent bonds between iodine atoms are stronger
DThe forces between iodine molecules are stronger
AIodine is ionic and chlorine is covalent
BIodine is less reactive than chlorine
CThe covalent bonds between iodine atoms are stronger
DThe forces between iodine molecules are stronger

Sample question 4 - Higher

Question

The chemical symbol for an aluminium ion is _{13}^{27}\textrm{Al}^{3+}.

How many protons, neutrons and electrons are in one ion? Tick one box. [1 mark]

Number of protonsNumber of neutronsNumber of electrons
A131410
B131413
C131416
D141311
E141317
Number of protonsNumber of neutronsNumber of electrons
A131410
B131413
C131416
D141311
E141317