This is a free-response test that include a study guide, which is basically the key to the test. The test covers flowering vs nonflowering plants, specific vs nonspecific immunity, male and female reproduction, cardiovascular health, and elemental/water cycles such as carbon, nitrogen, and water cycles. It include 5 different versions. The cycles do not appear on the study guide but are easy enough for any teacher to understand.
Each version has a selection of 4 or 5 question from the study guide and from the cycles. I encouraged my students to study the guide very well because they don't know which 3 questions they will receive. I distributed the tests randomly on test day.
1. Compare and contrast angiosperms and gymnosperms. List at least 2 similarities and 2 differences (8 pts). Explain why male cones appear below female cones (6 pts). How can one discern female cones from male cones (6 pts)?
2. Sketch a picture of the carbon cycle. Your sketch should show the direction of carbon movement within the ecosystem. It must also include an explanation for how CO2 moves between organisms and the atmosphere (40 pts).