Review Questions on Core Biology (covers entire AQA specification)

These are a set of questions for every chapter in the Core Biology AQA Specification for last examinations in January 2013 (the newest currently). This set of questions will cover every single detail you need to know for the exam, as the questions are structure according to the exact specification. Even if you are doing another syllabus, all syllabuses are very similar so these questions will still be of enormous help. Alternatively if you have a particular area you feel you need additional preparation on complete the relevant questions provided in this resource. Great for last minute revision the day or even the morning before an exam, or just for reconciliation and preparation. I do have answers but I haven't typed them up yet; if you would like them just inbox me and I'll type them up for you. I will be uploading summary questions similar to these in the near future for the other Core and Additional (Units 1 and 2) specifications for Chemistry, Biology and Physics. Good luck in all of your exams!

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Core Biology
Chapter 1 (Keeping Healthy)
1 Give one effect that can result from having an unbalanced diet.
2 When the energy content taken in to the body is larger than the amount of energy
expended (used) by the body, what will happen to the person's mass?
3 Define the term metabolic rate.
4 Give one function in the body that can be affected by inherited factors.
5 Why are people who exercise generally healthier than people who do not?
6 What is the technical name given to microorganisms which can cause disease?
7 (i) Give one way in which bacteria make us feel ill.
(ii) Give one way in which viruses make us feel ill.
8 Describe the three ways in which white blood cells protect us against pathogens.
9 If a large proportion of the population is immune to a disease, what happens to the rate of
the spread of the particular pathogen causing the disease?
10 What did Ignaz Semelweis recognise the importance of that greatly reduced the number
of patients dying from childbed fever during his time?
11 Which, from antibiotics and painkillers, kill pathogens?
12 Why can antibiotics not be used to treat viral infections?
13 Explain the effects of the overuse of antibiotics to treat bacterial infections.
14 Explain how and why the rapid spread of mutated strains of bacteria may lead to a
15 Why is it important for scientists to continually research and try to develop new
16 (i) Describe how somebody can be made immune to a disease through the use of a
(ii) Which three diseases does the MMR vaccine simulate immunity to?
17 (i) Give one purpose of culturing bacteria in an industrial laboratory.
(ii) Describe, in as much detail as possible, the process of the culturing of bacteria.
18 Why is it important that, in school laboratories, bacteria are incubated to temperatures no
higher than 25oC?
19 What is the benefit to scientists of culturing bacteria to temperatures higher than 25oC in
an industrial laboratory?
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Core Biology
Chapter 2 (Nerves and Hormones)
1 Give one function of the nervous system.
2 What is the name given to cells which detect stimuli?
3 Outline the basic three components which make up a light receptor cell.
4 What is the purpose of the brain within the reflex arc?
5 (i) Give the name of the structure within a reflex arc which transmits information from
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Core Biology
Chapter 3 (The Use and Abuse of Drugs)
1 Which group of people are continually developing new drugs?
2 Describe and explain, in as much detail as possible, the main procedures of testing a
new drug before it is put on sale.
3 Give the function of use of statins.…read more

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Core Biology
Chapter 4 (Interdependence and Adaptation)
1 Where do organisms retrieve the supply of materials required to survive and reproduce
2 Give three factors which plants compete for.
3 Give three factors which animals compete for.…read more

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Core Biology
Chapter 5 (Energy and Biomass in Food Chains)
1 (i) What is the main source of energy for most communities of organisms?
(ii) Give the name of the process responsible for the transfer of light energy to chemical
energy which ends up being stored in the cells of plants.
2 How can the relative amounts of biomass in each stage in a food chain be shown?
3 Give two ways in which biomass is removed from the body.…read more

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Core Biology
Chapter 6 (Genetic Variation and its Control)
1 Name the structures which control which specific characteristics an organism has.
2 What is the function of a chromosome and where within a cell would it be found?
3 Why are no to organisms of the same species (except monozygotic organisms)
genetically identical?
4 Different characteristics in different organisms of the same species are due to two main
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