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1 Photosynthesis


1. 1990/II/13 Which of the following processes does NOT release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere? A. photosynthesis B. putrefaction C. respiration D. burning 2. 1990/II/16 Questions 2 and 3 refer to the experimental set-up shown below. Each tube contains the same volume of an indicator solution but a different number of leaves. The tubes are uniformly illuminated.

The indicator solutions changes from red to purple when it becomes less acidic. In which of the tubes does the indicator solution change from red to purple most rapidly? A. Tube P B. Tube Q C. Tube R D. Tube S 3. 1990/II/17 If a similar set-up were kept in the dark for several hours, which tube would contain most oxygen at the end of the experiment? A. Tube P B. Tube Q C. Tube R D. Tube S 4. 1992/II/5 The oxygen released during photosynthesis of green leaves comes from A. air B. water C. chlorophyll D. carbon dioxide 5. 1992/II/8 The experiment set-up below was kept in the dark for 48 hours before exposing it to sunlight for another 3 hours. Leaf X and Y were then tested for starch. Which of the following would be the probable results?

Leaf X A. starch present C. starch absent

Leaf Y starch present starch present

Leaf X B. starch present D. starch absent

Leaf Y starch absent starch absent


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6. 1992/II/9 When testing a leaf for starch, the leaf is boiled with alcohol in a water bath to A. kill the cells B. make it soft C. dissolve the starches D. extract the chlorophyll 7. 1993/II/16 Questions 7 and 8 refer to the graph below. The graph shows the rate of photosynthesis of a green plant when it is placed under lights of different colours:

Which coloured lights are most effective for photosynthesis? A. yellow and green B. yellow and blue C. red and green 8. 1993/II/17 Which of the following would occur if only green light reached the earth? A. The total number of animals on earth would decrease. B. The amount of food produced would increase. C. The amount of oxygen in the atmosphere would increase. D. The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere would decrease. 9. 1993/II/23 In photosynthesis, light is directly involved in A. the formation of starch. B. C. the formation of glucose molecules. D.


red and blue

the splitting of water molecules. the combination of hydrogen and carbon dioxide.

10. 1994/II/7 Questions 10 and 11 refer to the diagram below which shows certain metabolic pathways that take place in a mesophyll cell:

Which of the following processes requires light energy? A. (1) B. (2) C. (3) D. (4)


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11. 1994/II/8 What is substance X? A. amino acid B.





simple sugar

12. 1998/II/43 Which of the following processes helps to reduce the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere? A. respiration B. deforestation C. decomposition D. photosynthesis 13. 2001/II/13 The oxygen produced during photosynthesis comes from A. water B. glucose C. chlorophyll


carbon dioxide

14. 2002/II/5 Questions 14 and 15 refer to the set-up below, which is used to investigate the photosynthesis of a waterweed :

The waterweed produces gas X and starch from A. B. C. D. Gas X water water carbon dioxide carbon dioxide Starch carbon dioxide carbon dioxide and water glucose carbon dioxide and water

15. 2002/II/6 Arrange in the correct order the following steps for testing the presence of starch in the green leaves of the waterweed : (1) Add iodine solution. (2) Soak the leaves in warm water. (3) Boil the leaves in water for two minutes. (4) Immerse the leaves in alcohol heated in a hot water bath. A. (1), (2), (3), (4) B. (2), (4), (3), (1) C. (3), (4), (2), (1)


(4), (1), (3), (2)


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16. 2005/II10 Water is a raw material for photosynthesis. In which of the following substances will the hydrogen and oxygen from water be found at the end of photosynthesis? A. Hydrogen Oxygen carbohydrate oxygen gas

B. carbohydrate carbohydrate C. hydrogen gas oxygen gas D. hydrogen gas carbohydrate 17. 2005/II/42 Carbohydrate produced in leaves during photosynthesis can be carried to the roots for storage. What is the form of carbohydrate transported and the path involved? A. B. C. D. Form of carbohydrate sugar sugar starch starch Path of transport xylem phloem xylem phloem

18. 2006/II/26 Questions 18 and 19 refer to the photomicrograph below, which shows the cross section of a leaf:

Which of the following correctly lists the function of cell types W, X and Z? W X A. support transport B. photosynthesis transport C. storage support D. photosynthesis support Z protection storage photosynthesis protection

19. 2006/II/27 Which of the following comparisons of the different cell types are correct? (1) Cell type W contains more mitochondria than cell type Z (2) Cell type W contains more chloroplasts than cell type Y (3) Cell type X contains a larger vacuole than cell type Z A. (1) and (2) only B. (1) and (3) only C. (2) and (3) only D. (1),(2) and (3)


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20. 2007/II/3 Which of the following correctly describe photosynthesis? (1) It is a catabolic process (2) It is an energy conversion process (3) It is a process by which producers make food A. (1) and (2) only B. (1) and (3) only C. (2) and (3) only D. (1),(2) and (3)

21. 2008/II/8 Which of the following correctly describes how a dicotyledonous leaf is adapted for photosynthesis? A. Epidermal cells are tightly packed B. Upper epidermis has fewer stomata C. Spongy mesophyll cells have fewer chloroplasts D. The cuticle covering the leaf surfaces is transparent