The Fundamental Unit of Life

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CLASS 9- BIOLOGY-Solved Test Paper: THE FUNDAMENTAL UNIT OF LIFE 1. Fill in the blanks:-

(a) New cells are formed from pre-existing cells.

(b) Movement of water molecules from their higher concentration to their lower concentration through a semi- permeable membrane is called Osmosis.

(c) The functional components of cell are plasma membrane, cytoplasm & nucleus.

(d) Protoplasm has two parts- cytoplasm & nucleoplasm.

(e) Nucleus, mitochondria & plastids have their own DNA & ribosomes.

(f) The shrinkage or contraction of the contents of the cell away from the cell wall is known as plasmolysis.

(g) The process by which Amoeba can engulf a food particle is endocytosis.

(h) Biogenesis is the manufacture of lipids required for making cell membrane.

(i) A cell that lacks nuclear membrane is called a prokaryotic cell & the nuclear region is called nucleoid.

(j) Movement of materials in & out of the cell takes place by diffusion & osmosis.

2. What is the advantage of multicellularity over unicellularity? Ans- Division of labour.

3. What are the chromosomes made up of?
Ans- DNA & proteins

4. A cell placed in a solution swells up. What kind of solution is it? Why does it happen? Ans- It is a hypotonic sol ution & water enters the cell by endosmosis causing the cell to swellup.

5. Why are lysosomes known as “suicidal bags”?
Ans- They secrete powerful digestive enzymes to digest the worn out and damaged cell  organelles as well as the cell itself when it loses its functional ability. 6.Why is the nucleus so significant in a cell?

Ans- Nucleus has the following important functions-
(i) It controls all cell activities
(ii) It contains hereditary material that transmits hereditary information from one  generation to the next(iii) It helps in cell division7. Differentiate between plant and animal cells. 1. PLANT CELL 1- Surrounded by two membranes- cell wall & cell membrane.2- Possess three...
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