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

What is the definition of a community? Tick one box. [1 mark]

ATwo or more species of organisms in their environment
BThe interaction between living organisms and their environment
CAll the organisms of the same or closely-related species
DTwo or more populations of organisms
ATwo or more species of organisms in their environment
BThe interaction between living organisms and their environment
CAll the organisms of the same or closely-related species
DTwo or more populations of organisms

Sample question 2 - Foundation

Question

Which of these processes from the carbon cycle releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere? Tick two boxes. [2 marks]

ACombustion
BPhotosynthesis
CRespiration
DTranspiration
ACombustion
BPhotosynthesis
CRespiration
DTranspiration

Sample question 3 - Higher

Question

The distribution of moth species in an ecosystem is affected by environmental changes.

A change in which of these factors is least likely to affect the distribution of moths? [1 mark]

ATemperature
BSoil pH
CAvailability of water
DComposition of gases in the atmosphere
ATemperature
BSoil pH
CAvailability of water
DComposition of gases in the atmosphere

Sample question 4 - Higher

Question

Which of these processes do not occur in the water cycle? Tick two boxes. [2 marks]

AInfiltration
BCondensation
CEutrophication
DComposition
AInfiltration
BCondensation
CEutrophication
DComposition