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 metal is found in the Earth as the metal itself? [1 mark]

ACalcium
BGold
CLithium
DPotassium
ACalcium
BGold
CLithium
DPotassium

Sample question 2 - Foundation

Question

What are the products of the reaction of zinc with hydrochloric acid? [1 mark]

AZinc hydrochloride and hydrogen
BZinc chloride and water
CZinc hydrochloride and hydrogen
DZinc chloride and hydrogen
AZinc hydrochloride and hydrogen
BZinc chloride and water
CZinc hydrochloride and hydrogen
DZinc chloride and hydrogen

Sample question 3 - Higher

Question

Which substance is oxidised in the reaction represented by the ionic equation below?

Zn(s) + Cu2+(aq) → Zn2+(aq) + Cu(s) [1 mark]

AZinc because it loses electrons
BCopper because it gains electrons
CZinc because it gains electrons
DCopper because it loses electrons
AZinc because it loses electrons
BCopper because it gains electrons
CZinc because it gains electrons
DCopper because it loses electrons

Sample question 4 - Higher

Question

A student places 25 cm3 of a solution of sodium hydroxide, NaOH, in a flask.

The concentration of sodium hydroxide is 0.5 mol/dm3.

What is the amount in moles of sodium hydroxide in the flask? [1 mark]

A12.5
B1.25
C0.125
D0.0125
A12.5
B1.25
C0.125
D0.0125