2904 Biology Practice Problems

Cellular respiration catabolizes food molecules to produce ATP. A glucose molecule was imported into the cytosol of a human cell. Which catabolic process can this glucose molecule immediately enter?

A. Pyruvate Oxidation

B. Glycolyis

C. The Krebs cycle

D. Electron Transport Chain

E. Alcohol Fermentation

Watch Solution

The expression of lac operon in an E. coli cell missing the gene that encodes for the lac repressor will:

A. increase when lactose is present.

B. decrease when lactose is present.

C. decrease when glucose is present.

D. increase when glucose is present.

Watch Solution

Which statement explains what aerobes use oxygen to do?

A. to provide the alcohol group added to organic compounds in fermentation

B. to insulate themselves in anaerobic environments

C. to oxidize organic compounds for the release of energy and/or as a terminal electron acceptor

D. to prevent free radicals from reacting with DNA and other vital molecules

Watch Solution

I am raising a populationof Halloween cats - they have either black tails or orange tails. tail color is determined by a single gene with only two alleles: B is for a black tail and black is dominant; b represents the allele for the recessive trait, an orange tail.In a population of 200 cats, 32 of the cats have an orange tail. Assuming Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium, what is the frequency of homozygous recessive individuals in the population?

Watch Solution

In rabbits, the allele of the gene for short hair (S) is dominant over the allele for long hair (s) and the black hair (B) is dominant over brown hair (b). The hair color and hair length genes are on separate pairs of chromosomes. For a cross between a SsBb and a ssBb rabbit, what are the expected genotypes and phenotypes in the offspring?

Watch Solution

Since the two strands of the DNA molecule are complementary, for any given gene:

A. The RNA polymerase can bind to either strand.

B. Only one strand actually carries the genetic code for a particular gene.

C. Each gene possesses an exact replica that can be used should a mutation occur.

D. A gene transcribed in the 5' to 3' direction on one strand can be transcribed in the 3' to 5' direction on the other strand.

Watch Solution

During transcription of DNA to RNA:

A. the RNA polymerase moves along the DNA in the 5' to the 3' direction.

B. the 3' end of the RNA molecule is produced first. 

C. an RNA polymerase must first bind to a promoter sequence.

D. transcription is always initiated at a "start codon"

Watch Solution

During "RNA processing"

A. all of the exons are removed and discarded

B. the RNA molecule is made from a DNA template

C. introns are cut from the RNA and the exons are spliced together

D. the RNA molecule is translated into a protein molecule

Watch Solution

Consider a population of 10,000 individuals with the following allele frequencies: A = 0.7, a =0.3. How many AA homozygotes do you expect to find based on the Hardy-Weinberg equation (p2 + 2pq + q2 = 1)

A. 900

B. 2100

C. 4200

D. 4900

E. None of the answers listed above are correct

Watch Solution

According to Chargaff's rules, if a genome is 30% adenine, then what percentage of the genome should be thymine?

A. 30%

B. 35%

C. 40%

D. 20%

E. 70%

Watch Solution

Which of the following is NOT true regarding the differences between gene transcription in eukaryotes and prokaryotes?

A. Most eukaryotes use multiple transcription factors rather than single transcription factors.

B. Most eukaryotes have regulatory sites that are close to their promoters.

C. Prokaryotic transcription factors usually interact directly with RNA polymerase while eukaryotic transciption factors do not.

D. Most prokaryotes transcribe multiple genes under the regulation of a single operon.

E. Eukaryotic transcription factors promote remodeling of the chromatin while prokaryotic transcription factors do not.

Watch Solution

What would be the limiting factor for ATP production by glycolysis in a strenuously-exercising muscle that lacks lactate dehydrogenase?

A. the supply of NAD+

B. increased acidity from lactic acid, causing muscle damage

C. the supply of pyruvate

D. the supply of ADP

E. the supply of O2

Watch Solution

Under conditions of high glucose and high lactose concentration, what will happen to the levels of β-galactosidase?

A. Essentially no β-galactosidase will be produced.

B. It depends on what other sugars are present in the growth medium.

C. High levels of β-galactosidase will be produced.

D. Moderate levels of β-galactosidase will be produced.

Watch Solution

The digestion of a foreign cell in the body is called:

A. Cell lysis

B. Agglutination

C. Neutralization

D. Phagocytosis

E. Microphages

Watch Solution

Individuals whose genotype is represented by the alleles Aa are described genotypically as _____.

A. heterozygous

B. dihybrid

C. homozygous

D. homologous

E. dominant

Watch Solution

Which of the following scenarios will result in gene activation?

A. Expression of a repressor increases.

B. A ligand promotes binding of a repressor to DNA.

C. An activator is degraded.

D. A ligand promotes binding of an activator to DNA.

Watch Solution

Which of the following is NOT an end-product of a gene?

A. protein


C. miRNA


Watch Solution

Rod cells in the retina on the back of the eye serve what function?

A. Determine whether we are near-sighted or far-sighted

B. Allow us to see in low-light conditions like dusk

C. Respond to different colors of light

D. Both a and b

Watch Solution

Concerning the collagen triple helix:

A. It is composed of three separate α-helices that coil around each other.

B. The triple helix is stabilized by ionic bonds that occur between different strands of the helix.

C. proline residues in a single strand keep the strand in a rigid conformation

D. All of the above

E. none of the above

Watch Solution

During what cellular process was GTP produced? Select one or more answers.

A. succinyl CoA → succinate

B. fumarate → malate

C. Glycolysis

D. Krebs

E. Electron Transport/Oxidative Phosphorylation

F. Anaerobic fermentation

Watch Solution

You would like to clone the DNA of interest into the pDiddy cloning plasmid. You have the following restriction map of the region that includes the DNA of interest and the plasmid (E = EcoRI, H = HindIII, X = XbaI, S = SphI, N = NotI)

Which restriction enzyme(s) would you choose to clone the DNA of interest into the cloning vector?

A. S

B. E and H

C. S and N

D. X and N

Watch Solution

The mRNA sequence belowcodes for part of a protein. The reading frame for the translation of this mRNA starts with the first three nucleotides as shown.


 Met   Arg   Ser   Glu   Pro   Arg    Asp   Lys   His

A. What would be the consequence of the insertion of an A after the third nucleotide of the sequence?

B. What would be the consequence of the deletion of the C at the beginning of this sequence?

Watch Solution

Sickle cell anemia is caused by the deleterious HS allele. The WT allele is the HB allele. In a population of 200,000 individuals, the observed frequency of HSHS is 0.0023, HBHB is 0.7560, and HSHB is 0.241. How many are the heterozygous individuals?

A. 24,100

B. 8,290

C. 36,500

D. 48,200

E. 829,200

Watch Solution

Human blood type is determined by three alleles IA, IB, and IO. The alleles IA and IB are co-dominant to each other, and both are dominant to IO. Within a large, randomly mating population (640,000 individuals), the frequencies for the blood type alleles are 0.3 for the IA allele, 0.6 for the IO allele, and 0.1 for the IB allele. Calculate the expected numbers of people in the population having blood type O.

A. O = 243,400 people

B. O = 324,000 people

C. O = 194,400 people

D. O = 230,400 people

Watch Solution

A new kind of orchid is produced that develops only purple or pink flowers. Assume that flower color is controlled by a single-gene locus and that the purple allele (C) is dominant to the pink allele (c). A random sample of 1320 orchids from a large cultivated field yields 1.167 purple flowers and 153 pink flowers. What is the frequency of the pink allele in this field population?

A. pink allele frequency = 0.847

B. pink allele frequency = 0.12

C. pink allele frequency = 0.34

D. pink allele frequency = 0.39

E. pink allele frequency = 0.153

Watch Solution