Past Questions and Answers on Diversity of Living Things



1.      The basidiomycota lack
A.    Membrane bound organelles
B.     Chlorophyll
C.     Rhizoids          
D.    Sporangiophore  

2.      Algae posses
A.    gemma cups    
B.     rhizoid      
C. vascular tissues       
D. chromatin material

3.      Which of the following is a crustacean?
A.    Grasshopper     
B.     Millipede       
C. Prawn     
D. Snail

4.      Members of the Diptera possess
A.    Soft bodies, biting mouthparts and two pairs of membranous wings
B.     Halters, piercing mouthparts and a pair of membranous wings
C.  Constricted abdomen, sucking mouthparts and vein wings
D.    Cerci, biting mouthparts and leathery wings

5.      Bufo regularis is the scientific name for toad. The two names represent
A.    Kingdom and division names
B.     Genus and species names
C.     Class and species names
D.    Class and species names

6.      Which of following characteristics is not true for all insects? They have
A.    Jointed appendages
B.     A pair of antennae
C.     A pair of wings
D.    Three pairs of walking legs

7.      Clubmosses belong to the division
A.    Bryophyta               
B.     Lycopodophyta     
C. Spermatophyta  
D. Pteridophyta

8.   The class Hepatica and the class Musci belong to the major division
A.    Filicinophyta          
B.      Bryophyta        
C. Lycophyta      
D. Chlorophyta

9.  The kingdom protoctista include the major phyla
A.    Rhizopoda and chlorophyta
B.     Euglenophyta and Ascomycota 
C.     Bryophyta and Phaeophyta
D.    Zoomastigina and Lycopodophyta

10.  Which of the following is a unique characteristic of arachnids? 
A.    Segmented body 
B.     Three pairs of walking legs
C.     Four pair of walking legs
D.    Compound eyes

11. Which of the following represents the main phyla of kingdom fungi?
A. Zygomycota, Ascomycota, Phaeophyta
B. Zygomycota, Ascomycota Bryophyta
C. Zygomycota, Bryophyta, Phaeophyta
D. Zygomycota, Ascomycota, Basidiomycota

12.  A dichotomous key is used to
A.    Classify organisms
B.     Name organisms
C.     Locate organisms
D.    Identify organisms

13.  Mosses belong to the
A.    Bryophyta         
B.     Filicinophyta  
C. Lycopodophyta   
D. Cycadophyta

14.  Hyphal wall of fungi is composed of 
A.    Cellulose      
B.     Chitin  
C. Lignin         
D. Mucilage 

15.  The lowest rank among the following is
A.    Class                
B.     Family    
C. Genus         
D. Order

16.  Members of kingdom prokaryotae can be distinguish from other members by 
A.    Possession of flagellum
B.     Mode of nutrition
C.     Absence of nucleus
D.    Variety shapes

17.  Yeast belongs to phylum
A.    Ascomycota             
B.     Basidiomycota   
C. Oomycota     
D. Zygomycota

18. The presence of mesogloea and cnidoplasta are feature of
A. Annelids                 
B.  Coelenterates   
C. Flatworms      
D. Roundworms

19.  The binomial system of nomenclature of classification of organism was instituted by
A.    Robert Hook         
B.     Gregor Mendel    
C. Carolus Linnaeus 
D. Theordor Schwan

20.  In which of the following forms do cells in clamydomonas, volvox, and spirogyra exist respectively?
A.    Single, colony and filament
B.     Single, filament and colony
C. Filament, part of living organism and single
D.    Single, part of living organism and filament


1. B   

6. C  

11. D  

16. C  

2. D  

7. B  

12. D   

17. A  

3. D  

8. B  

13. A  

18. B  

4. C   

9. A  

14. B  

19. C   

5. B  

10. C  

15. C  

20. A


1.      (SSCE, 1996 Q4) (a) Describe six characteristics features of osteichthyes

(b) State three differences between osteichthyes and chondrichytes


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(b) Differences between osteichthyes and chondrichthyes



Mouth is terminally position

Mouth is ventrally position

Bony skeleton

Cartilaginous skeleton

External fertilization

Internal fertilization

Operculum is present

Operculum is absent

Tail is homocercal

Tail is heterocercal

Presence of lateral line

Absent of lateral line

Pectoral fins are lateral

Pectoral fins are ventral

Swim bladder present

Swim bladder absent

Presence of fin rays

Presence of fleshy rays

2. (SSCE, 1998 Q1) (a) List the general characteristics of organism in the following kingdoms and name one organism in each kingdom.

(i) Prokaryotae  

(ii) Protoctista  

(iii) Fungi

(b) Tabulate six differences between monocotyledonous plants and Dicotyledonous plant.


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3. (SSCE, 1999 Q6) (a) State three characteristics of each of the organisms found in any four kingdoms into which living organisms are classified. Gives two examples of organism in each kingdom


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4.       (WASSCE 2006 Q5) (a) State four reason for classify living organism.

(b) List five characteristics of each of these classes.

(i) Osteichthyes          

(ii)   Mammalia


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5.   (SSCE, 2008 Q5). In a tabular form, state six vegetative differences between dicotyledonous and monocotyledonous plant.


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6.      (SSCE, 2011 Q5). (a) What is (i) taxonomy     (ii) binomial nomenclature

(b) Explain the importance of classifying living organisms.

(c) State five characteristics features of arthropods.


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7. (WASSCE 2014) In a tabular form, outline three differences between Osteichthyes and Chondrichthyes 


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