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multiple choice questions

Post by kenny1999 » Thu Oct 29, 2009 6:15 pm

hello
first time here, hope someone help

I encounter a biology m.c. question which has no answer, that is

which career below is related to biology

(1) Driver
(2) Nurse
(3) Farmer

there are several choice
I am quite sure that driver is not related biology and nurse is relating to it
but I am not sure if farmer is related to biology or not

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Post by Darby » Thu Oct 29, 2009 7:03 pm

It seems like there are two answers that would work. Is it asking which career would need biology coursework?

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Post by kenny1999 » Fri Oct 30, 2009 4:17 am

Darby wrote:It seems like there are two answers that would work. Is it asking which career would need biology coursework?


in fact i am a junior biology teacher that I encounter such kind of sucked questions which is hard to answer, everdyay

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Post by Darby » Fri Oct 30, 2009 12:52 pm

It is tough - I used to teach high school, and the standardized tests were written by people with very little understanding of the subject (and zero critical-thinking skills). We would not only get bad questions with multiple possible answers or no right answers, but questions that by themselves showed the writers had no idea what they were asking about. It can be very frustrating, and I never got a decent answer when I questioned the administrators about it.

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Post by kenny1999 » Fri Oct 30, 2009 5:46 pm

Darby wrote:It is tough - I used to teach high school, and the standardized tests were written by people with very little understanding of the subject (and zero critical-thinking skills). We would not only get bad questions with multiple possible answers or no right answers, but questions that by themselves showed the writers had no idea what they were asking about. It can be very frustrating, and I never got a decent answer when I questioned the administrators about it.


today i encounter another sick biology question -

"which of the following is a biological process but not a characteristics of living organisms?"

A. Irritability
B. Memory
C. Excretion
D. Observation

I am pretty sure that A and C is not the answer
but how about "Memory" and "Observation"??

Which one is "biological process" ??? In fact, I don't even understand what is it meant by "Biological process"??
I think it is a term with very unclear definition... =,=

Another two question that is more sick

Is it true that all organisms can reproduce?
Is it true that all green plants are producer?

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Post by Darby » Sat Oct 31, 2009 2:36 am

Wow! That's one bad multiple-choice question!

It's bad when you understand the concepts but you still have to guess what the writer thinks the right answer is. I'd guess "Observation" as a process that isn't a characteristic.

And the true / false is very dependent on how precise the meanings are supposed to be: for the first, if it's every individual organism, it's not true; if it's every type of organism (whatever that might be), it's probably true.

At least green = photosynthetic = producer, so that's pretty straightforward.

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Post by JackBean » Sat Oct 31, 2009 2:38 am

Why is not excretion a biological process?
http://www.biolib.cz/en/main/

Cis or trans? That's what matters.

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Post by JackBean » Sat Oct 31, 2009 2:40 am

http://amigo.geneontology.org/cgi-bin/a ... 1256956717
Apparently, excretion is a biological process :-P
http://www.biolib.cz/en/main/

Cis or trans? That's what matters.

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