BI 171 - Second Exam - 2008
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Place the letter of the choice that best answers
the question on the line to the left.
Two Points Each. NOTE: "e" answers are never the correct answer.
___D___ 1. Which are polymers?
a. Sugar and starch b. Sugar and lipid c. Lipid and protein
d. Protein and starch e. Polly what-nows-?
...long molecules of repeating units - sugars repeat in starches, amino acids in
___B___ 2. Crossing the gap between nerve cells requires which proteins?
a. Enzymes and antibodies b. Neurotransmitters and receptors c. Antibodies and antigens
d. Antigens and receptors e. Logs and frogs
...neurotransmitters cross the gap and attach to receptors on the other side to
start up an impulse there.
___D___ 3. The instability of radicals comes from what part of the atoms?
a. Protons b. Neutrons c. Inner electrons d. Outer electrons e. Their family situations
...they have unfilled outer shells.
___C___ 4. An R group is found in
a. Lipid molecules b. Sugar molecules c. Amino acids d. RNA e. Pirate molecules
...it's the part that varies among the different types.
___B___ 5. Activators, enhancers, and promoters are functional parts of
a. Enzyme pathways b. Gene transcription c. Gene translation d. Evolutionary change
e. A Broadway touring company
...they help get the process started (although it's starting to look like D
could be true, too, with changes in the
processors maybe as important as changes in gene codes).
___A___ 6. At a pH of 7,
a. H+ ions are about equal to OH- ions b. H+ ions outnumber OH- ions
c. OH- ions outnumber H+ ions d. There are no ions
e. Is there any way I can request a different question...?
...that's why the pH is considered neutral.
___C___ 7. Which is true?
a. Genes contain chromosomes which contain DNA b. DNA contain genes which contain chromosomes
c. Chromosomes contain genes which contain DNA d. Genes contain DNA which contains chromosomes
e. I knew I should have taken that basket-weaving class
...this is very necessary basic knowledge.
___D___ 8. Panspermia is a concept that applies to the
a. Reproduction of plants b. Reproduction of animals c. Expression of DNA
d. Beginnings of Life on Earth e. Worst restaurant idea ever conceived
...it hypothesizes that Life started elsewhere and was somehow brought to Earth.
___A___ 9. What would an unsaturated molecule have that a saturated one won't have?
a. Double bond b. Hydrogen bond c. Water d. Ions
e. Saturation, right-? Or, not saturation...
...that's why it's not saturated: it's got at least one extra "slot" for
___B___ 10. Digestion of food will always involve
a. Acid-base reactions b. Hydrolysis c. ATP input d. Dehydration synthesis
e. Production of embarrassing gasses
...it's the breakdown reaction for organic molecules.
___A___ 11. Which tends to come apart in water?
a. Ionic bonds b. Hydrogen Bonds c. Hydrophobic bonds d. Acidic bonds
e. Someone who has just had their hair done
...they get pried apart and held apart by the bipolar water molecules.
___D___ 12. Histones are associated with
a. Protein synthesis b. Starch breakdown c. Enzyme function d. Chromosome structure
e. A big pile of rocks (or rocks with a drug problem)
...they provide the "wrapping up" structure for the DNA.
___B___ 13. Covalent bonds involve
a. Proton interactions b. Electron sharing c. Whole charge attractions
d. Partial charge attractions e. Stuff I didn't learn
...that's the definition.
___A___ 14. Which would definitely be a protein?
a. Telomerase b. Glycogen c. Testosterone d. Galactose e. The one with the protein license
...the "-ase" ending says it's an enzyme, which would be a protein.
___B___ 15. The part of a protein that does some special function:
a. Functional group b. Domain c. Zone d. Locale e. Specialty spot
...match term and definition.
___C___ 16. Two molecules with different conformations would have
a. The same number of carbons, but differences in numbers of other atoms
b. The same atoms, and all bound to the same atoms, different 3 dimensionally
c. The same atoms, but bound to different atoms
d. Different distributions of charges
e. Probably have been raised Catholic-?
...bonds can be rotated, producing different shapes to the molecules.
___D___ 17. Telomeres
a. Attach to spindle fibers b. Are where a gene inventory can be found
c. Are made of RNA d. Cap the ends of chromosomes
e. Are very nice little biological terms
...they are the ends that take some work to copy properly.
___A___ 18. Transfer RNA
a. Carries amino acids b. Moves from the nucleus to the ribosomes c. Moves from ribosomes to the nucleus
d. Connects chromosomes together e. Helps you move credits to another college
...it's the small one that brings in the amino acids one-at-a-time to attach to
a growing protein molecule in the ribosome.
Pick NINE questions to answer in the spaces
NOTE: if you answer MORE than nine, only the first nine will be corrected.
Four Points each. Partial credit is possible.
|1. What are the two distinct types of temporal isolation?|
Niche, in the same ecosystem and sort of the same niche, but at a different time.
|Reproductive, with a different breeding season.|
|2. The three simplest hydrocarbons, according to their numbers of Carbons:|
|1 Methane||2 Ethane||3 Propane|
|3. What single effect (other than extinction itself) has probably occurred in every major mass extinction event?|
...a change that wipes out the active plants, cutting the food chain at the first link.
|4. What is a hydration shell?|
...the sphere of water molecules that surround charged solute particles.
|5. Give two pairs of differences between|
|Often with related / sequentially-used genes in sequence||Genes usually spread around somewhat randomly|
|6. What two elements, beside Carbon, Hydrogen, Nitrogen, and Oxygen, are common in biological molecules?|
|7. What is a bottleneck effect?|
...a population is almost wiped out, reduced to a small gene pool that then expands again.
|8. What would the stereospecificity of an enzyme determine?|
...which particular substrates it would (and wouldn't) bind to.
|9. Plants produce starches for different reasons. Connect each reason to the stability of the bonds.|
STABLE Structure (cellulose).
STABLE Stored energy / sugars for growth.
|10. Give two organic functional groups by name, and then show their molecular arrangement.|
Follow the Link on the number for the list.
|11. Exactly what sort of bad thing would happen without chaperonins?|
...new proteins would often fold into a non-functional conformation (chaperonins make sure they're the right shape).
|12. What are two features the first "living" molecular systems had to have?|
|Able to reproduce.|
|Able to evolve.|
|13. What are two features that would not have been there early, but which had to appear in "living systems" for them to be Life as we know it?|
|Protein-based chemistry.||DNA coding.|
|14. Ignore the specifics (don't name the molecules) - label with the general terms applied to any chemical reaction -|
CO2 + H2O light > C6H12O6 + O2
|15. Explain how genetic redundancy works in transcription.|
|...a base substitution in a codon will often code for the same or a similar amino acid.|
Select and answer completely any four of the
Note: if you answer more than four, only the first four will be corrected.
Seven Points Each. Partial credit is possible.
|1. Name and give a description of the four levels of protein structure.|
|Sequence of amino acids.|
|Local shaping patterns.|
|Overall 3-dimensional shape.|
|More than one protein strand in the functional protein.|
2. Using the numbers of bonds as a guide, fill in the symbols for either Carbon, Hydrogen, Nitrogen, or Oxygen.
NOT REALLY REPRODUCIBLE HERE. Know how many bonds each has to fill in a given molecule.
|3, Name or describe four things that happen in Nature that are critically important to evolution, according to four different provisions of Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium.|
|Migration / isolation|
|Size of population|
|20 (Atomic number)|
|20 (Rounded-off weight, minus protons)|
20 - equals protons
|+2 , typical for Column 2|
|5. Put these in chronological order, according to the way current theories think they occurred - number from 1 (earliest) to 9 (latest).|
__1__ Soup Forms
__3__ (First Membranes)
|6. For three different properties of water:|
|Property:||How produced on molecular level:|
|Bipolar molecules surround and support dissolved particles|
|Bipolar molecules stick to other particles|
|Bipolar molecules stick to each other|
|Surface tension||Bipolar molecules hold on to molecules at surface|
|Temperature stable||Cohesion makes it harder to heat or cool volumes of water|
|Expands on freezing||Repulsions of bipoles drive molecules apart as they freeze.|
|Ionizing||Small proportion of molecules dissociate to H+ and OH- ions.|
|7. For lipids -||Basic molecular
Glycerol and 3 fatty acids
2 Different Uses in Living Things
|Longterm Energy storage|
|8. Given here is one side (strand) of DNA. Starting with this strand, and using the table attached to the back of the exam, show:|
NO KEY FOR BONUS QUESTIONS
Answer as many or as few as you wish. You can't
lose points on the rest of the exam by getting these wrong. Partial credit is
What unusual sort of isolation is often found in beetles? Three Points.
How are epigenetic factors Lamarckian? Three Points.
In what way is the old "photosynthesis problem" for Life origins uniformitarian? Three Points.
What is the likely evolutionary connection between the Snowball period and the Cambrian Explosion? Three Points.
Radioactive elements often turn into other elements. How do they do this? Three Points.
Carbon dating is pretty useless for things more than 60,000 years old. Why, exactly? Three Points.
When do local lakes stop "turning over"? Three Points.
What is it about our amino acids is really hard to explain? Three Points.
What two major medical research areas are specifically studying telomeres? Two Points Each.
How does an antibiotic treatment today give a person an antibiotic-resistant infection months from now? Four Points.
Why is prokaryote evolution so difficult to track? Three Points.