BECE Past Questions & Answers – 2003 (SCIENCE)

April 2003
SCIENCE

SECTION A OBJECTIVE TEST
45 minutes

1. The method used to separate an insoluble solid from a liquid is
A. crystallization
B. distillation
C. filtration
D. sublimation

2. The scent of a perfume sprayed at one corner of a room fills the entire room through
A. conduction
B. diffusion C. osmosis D. radiation

3. Which of the following processes is a physical change?
A. Rusting of iron
B. Burning of wood
C. Formation of water from hydrogen and oxygen
D. Solidification of water into ice

4. Atoms of the same element have the same
I. number of electrons II. number of protons III. chemical properties
Which of the above statements are true?

A. I and II only B. II and III only C. I and III only D. I,II and III

5. The unit of measurement of energy is
A. joule
B. kelvin

C. newton
D. watt

6. Which of the following energy transformations takes place at a hydroelectric power station?
A. Potential energy→ kinetic energy→electrical energy B. Potential energy→ sound energy→ electrical energy C. Kinetic energy→electrical energy→ light energy
D. Electrical energy→ light energy→ heat energy

7. A drawing of magnetic lines of force provides information on the
A. source of the field
B. type of magnet
C. strength of the field
D. length of the magnet

8. A bottle of water removed from a refrigerator soon becomes covered with droplets of water because the
A. bottle is porous
B. bottle is full of water
C. water in the surrounding atmosphere is colder than the water in the bottle
D. water in the surrounding atmosphere is warmer than the water in the bottle

9. The volume of a metal ball was determined by dropping it into a measuring cylinder containing20cm3of water and the water level rose to 35 cm3.If the mass of the ballis35 g, calculate its density.
A. 1.0 gcm-3
B. 1.6 gcm-3
C. 1.8 gcm-3
D. 2.3 gcm-3

10. A boy stepped on a bananapeel on the ground and fell because the
A. boy was not wearing shoes
B. ground was too hard
C. banana peel reduced the friction on the ground
D. banana peel increased the friction on the ground

11. Which of the following conditions describes a first class lever?
A. The load is between the effort and pivot
B. The pivot is between the effort and the load C. The effort is between the pivot and the load D. The load arm is equal to the effort arm

12. A man did 75J of work by lifting a50 N load from the floor on to a shelf.Calculate the height of the shelf
A. 0.67 m B. 1.50 m C. 25.00 m

D. 125.00 m

13. The lion is a carnivore because it eats
A. flesh B. grass C. fruits
D. uncooked food

14. The structure which helps a fish to breathe underwater is the
A. gill
B. air sac
C. operculum
D. mouth

15. The thorns found on some plants are used for
A. breathing
B. protection
C. absorbing water from the air
D. resisting bush fires

16. The following characteristics are features of all living things except ability to
A. bring forth young ones
B. excrete
C. grow
D. move from place to place

17. Which of the following parasites lives on field animals
A. Aphid
B. Plasmodium
C. Tick
D. Tapeworm

18. The greatest danger faced by mammals living on land is
A. becoming too cold
B. becoming too hot
C. losing water through evaporation
D. gaining too much water through absorption

19. The insect responsible for the spread of malaria is the
A. female anopheles mosquito
B. housefly
C. male anopheles mosquito
D. tsetse fly

20. Which of the following substances is a dded to the soil to reduce its acidity?

A. Charcoal B. Humus C. Lime
D. Manure

Fig. 1 shows the arrangement of parts of the soil when some soil sample was shaken with water in a glass cylinder and allowed to settle.
Use it to answer Questions21 and 22
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21. Which of the labeled layers contains organic matter?
A. M B. N C. O D. P

22. The layer which does not have the ability to retain much water is
A. N B. O C. P D. Q

23. Which of the following characteristics applies to only plants?
A. Excretion of waste materials
B. Response to stimuli
C. Ability to manufacture food from simple substances
D. Ability to respire

24. The waste products of respiration are
A. glucose and oxygen
B. carbon dioxide and water
C. carbon dioxide and heat
D. oxygen and water

25. The function of the lung is to
A. maintain a constant amount of water in the body

B. absorb oxygen from the blood
C. absorb carbon dioxide from the blood
D. maintain the temperature of the body constant

26. Which of the following plants reproduce(s) vegetatively?
I. Banana II. Mango III. Ginger

A. II only
B. I and II only C. I and III only D. III only

27. The process which takes place in all living cells is
A. digestion
B. fertilization
C. photosynthesis
D. respiration

28. The food substance found in yam is
A. carbohydrate
B. oil
C. protein
D. vitamin

29. The end-products of the digestion of fats and oils are
A. amino acids and glucose B. amino acids and glycerol C. fatty acids and glycerol
D. fatty acids and amino acids

30. Which of the following factors promote plant germination?
I. Adequate temperature
II. Moisture
III. Good soil

A. I and II only B. I and III only C. II and III only D. I,II and III

31. The female part of a flower is the
A. calyx B. pistil C. petal D. stamen

32. Which of the following substances breaks down fats into tiny droplets during digestion
A. Bile
B. Gastric juice
C. Pancreatic juice
D. Saliva

33. Blood in the urine is a symptom of
A. bilharzia
B. cholera
C. gonorrhoea
D. typhoid

34. A free movement of the bowels is aided by
A. sleeping at least 6 hours a day
B. washingone’s body at least once a day
C. eating fatty foods
D. eating foods containing fibre

35. Which of the following diseases is spread through the air?
A. AIDS B. Measles C. Typhoid D. Yaws

36. How many days in a month does the moon appear?
A. 7 days B. 14 days C. 21 days D. 28 days

37. The earth moves completely round the sun once in every
A. 1 day B. 28 days C. 30 days D. 365 days

38. A smaller heavenly body,which orbits a bigger one could be described as a
A. comet B. meteor C. moon D. sun

39. Which ofthe following parasites is a plant?
A. Aphid B. Dodder C. Flea D. Jigger

40. Which of the following substances is not a constituent of a balanced diet?
A. Carbohydrate B. Protein C. Table salt D. Vitamin




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April2003

SCIENCE
Section A

SOLUTIONS

OBJECTIVE TEST

1. C. filtration

2. B. diffusion

3. D. Solidification of water into ice

4. D. I, II and III

5. A. joule

6. A. Potential energy→ kinetic energy→electrical energy

7. C. strength of the field

8. D. water in the surrounding atmosphere is warmer than the water in the bottle

9. D. 2.3 gcm-3

10. C. banana peel reduced the friction on the ground

11. B. The pivot is between the effort and the load

12. B. 1.50 m

13. A. flesh

14. A.gill

15. B. protection

16. D. move from placeto place

17. C. Tick

18. C. losingwater through evaporation

19. A. female anopheles mosquito

20. C. Lime

21. A. M

22. D. Q

23. C. Ability to manufacture food from simple substances

24. B. carbon dioxide and water

25. C. absorb carbon dioxide from the blood

26. C. I and III only

27. D. respiration

28. A. carbohydrate

29. C. fatty acids and glycerol

30. A. I and IIonly

31. B. pistil

32. A. Bile

33. A. bilharzia

34. D. eating foods containing fibre

35. B. Measles

36. D. 28 days

37. D. 365 days

38. C. moon

39. B. Dodder

40. C. Table salt