KCSE 2018 Biology Paper 2 with Marking Scheme

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SECTION A (40 marks)
Answer all the questions in this section in the spaces provided.

  1. The diagram below illustrates a section of the mammalian kidney.
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    1. Name the structures labelled E and F.
      E.......................(1 mark)
      F...................... (1 mark)
    2. Explain the processes that take place in the regions labelled G and H.
      Region G (3 marks)
      Region H (3 marks)
  2. Below is a graphical representation of students' height is a classroom.
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    1. Name the type of carve illustrated. (1 mark)
      1. State the type of variation represented by the curve. (1 mark)
      2. State two meiotic processes that lead to variation among organisms.(2 marks)
      3. Explain the role of variation in organisms. (2 marks)
    3. Explain the need for genetic counselling in present day health facilities. (2 mark)
  5. The photograph below represents a plant in a certain Division
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      1. Name the Division to which the plant belongs (1 mark)
      2. With reference to the photograph, state three observable features of the Division named in a(i) above. (3 marks)
    2. Name the parts labelled N and P.
      N........................................ (1 mark)
      P......................................... (1 mark)
    3. Explain how the part labelled Q is adapted to its functions. (2 marks)


SECTION B (40 marks)
Answer question 6 (compulsory) and either question 7 or 8 in the spaces provided after question 8.

  1. The effect of auxin concentration on growth response of two parts of a plant, X and Y was investigated over a period of time. The results were tabulated as shown in the table below.
    concentration of Auxins (in parts per million)  10-6  10-5 10-4 10-3 10-2 10-1 1 101 102
    percentage inhibition / stimulation on part X 40  55  40  -45  -90  0 0
    percentage inhibition / stimulation on part Y 0  0  0 25 65  155  210  125 -25
    1. On the same axis, draw line graphs of the effect or growth of the two parts, X and Y (percentage inhibition or stimulation) against the concentration. (8 marks)
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    2. With reasons, name the two parts of the plant, X and Y.
      X..........................................................(1 mark)
      Reason..................................................(1 mark)
      Y..........................................................(1 mark)
      Reason.................................................(1 mark)
    3. From the graph identify:
      1. the point at which the percentage stimulation was the same for both X and Y. (1 mark)
      2. the optimum concentration of auxins required for party (1 mark)
    4. State three ways in which the effects of auxins on plants is applied in flower farming, (3 marks)
    5. Distinguish between simple and conditioned reflex action (3 marks)
    1. Describe the mode of reproduction in a named fungus. (5 marks)
    2. Describe the role of hormones in the human menstrual cycle. (15 marks)
  3. Describe what happens to a meal rich in proteins along the alimentary canal from ingestion to egestion. (20 marks)


    1. E-Glomerulus;
      F - Interlobular artery/branch of renal artery;
    2. Region G
      At the (glomerulus), the afferent arteriole which brings blood to the glomerulus is wider than the efferent arteriole; this creates high pressure; leading to ultrafiltration; At the proximal convoluted tubule /distal convoluted tubule, substances required by the body/amino acid substances required by the body (amino acids/glucose/vitamins/ some water, are selectively re-absorbed into the blood stream); hence selective reabsorption;
      Region H
      At the descending arm of/limb of the Loop of Henle, water is selectively reabsorbed; At the ascending arm/limb of the Loop of Henle, sodium ions/salts are actively/selectively reabsorbed; At the collecting duct, water is (selectively) reabsorbed:
    1. Normal distribution curve; 
      1. Continuous (variation);
      2. Independent assortment;
        Crossing over;
      3. Organisms/individuals with advantageous traits/variations are favoured/selected by nature; and survive to reproduce/pass on/propagate the advantageous/favourable traits to their off-spring:
        Variation ensures propagation of desirable/favourable traits; to the future generations/off-spring, ensuring improved quality population;
      • Provides information/advice to individuals/families/communities about genetic disorders;
      • Helps identify/test/advice families/communities on possible risks of genetic disorders;
      • Provides supportive services/serves as patient advocates/refer individuals families to relevant health professionals;
      1. During strenuous exercises, the heart beat/pulse rate is increased (more contraction/relaxation of cardiac muscles); while the rate of contraction and relaxation of skeletal muscles is increased; hence more blood flows to supply more oxygen/nutrients, and for removal of metabolic waste products (carbon (IV) oxide/urea);
      2.  At rest, more blood flows through the alimentary canal/gut/gastral intestinal tract (since digestion is at optimum at rest); to transport digested/absorbed food materials/eliminate metabolic wastes;
    2. Urea;
      1. H-Ball and socket (joint);
        M-Gliding/planar/plane (joint);
      2. Clavicle;
    2. Scapula;
      -Has a spine to increase surface area for muscle attachment;
      I-t is broad/flat to increase the surface arca for muscle attachment;
      -Forms flexible attachment above the ribs that allows movement of the arms;
      -Has a glenoid cavity/depression for articulation with the humerus/forming the ball and socket joint;
      -Has acromion for articulation with clavicle/for muscle attachment;
      -Has coracoid process to increase surface area for muscle attachment;
    3. Ligaments hold the bones together (at a joint) whilo tendons attach muscles to bones;
      1. Bryophyta;
        • Has capsules (for enclosing spores); 
        • Has (long) setae (for supporting the capsules/for effective propagation of spores); 
        • (Developed) thizoids (for anchorage/absorption of water/mineral salts); 
        • Thalloid in nature/Thallus/undifferentiated;
    2. N-Capsule;
    3. Numerous/hair-like to increase the surface area for absorption;/to enhance rate of absorption of water/nutrients/dissolved mineral salts; Numerous/hair-like to hold firmly on the surface/not to be easily blown away/displaced/anchorage;
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    2. X-root;
      Low auxin concentration stimulates (rapid/faster) cell division and elongation/growth in roots; High concentration of auxins inhibits growth in roots;
      Low auxin concentration has little effect on the growth of shoots/shoots are stimulated to grow with high auxin concentration (up to a given optimum);
      1. 33% ± 2;
      2. 1.0 parts per million;
      • Faster maturity of flowers/earlier flower formation/flowering;
      • Prunning/decapitating shoot tips to allow sprouting of lateral buds, hence more yield;
      • Keeping flowers fresh;
      • Stimulate formation/development of (adventitious) roots;
      Simple reflex action Conditioned reflex action
      -Is not learned (over time) is inborn
      - Primary stimulus involved
      - Impulse follows appropriate sensory and motor neurone/sensory and motor  components are the same all the time;
      - Single stimulus brings about the desired response
      - Is learned (over time);
      - Secondary stimulus involved;
      - Impulse follows inappropriate sensory but appropriate motor neurone;
      - Repeated stimulus needed to bring about a response;
    1. Rhizopus/mucor/mould; reproduce asexually, by sporulation; spores develop from a single cell forming sporangium; which bursts on maturity releasing spores; which are dispersed by air currents/wind germinating; to form new generation/ form a mycelium (if it lands on a suitable medium); Or Yeast/Saccharomyces/Schizosaccharomyces; reproduce asexually; by budding: parent cell forms an outgrowth projection/bud; this is followed by division of the nucleus into two; one of the nuclei moves into the bud; which grows and develops into a new cell;
    2. After/at the onset of menstruation, (the anterior lobe of) the pituitary gland; secretes follicle stimulating hormone (FSH); the FSH causes the Graafian follicle; to develop into the ovary; and stimulate the ovary tissues to secrete oestrogen hormone; Oestrogen brings about repair/healing of the endometrium/uterine wall; its concentration increases to a level which stimulates the anterior) pituitary gland; to secrete lutenizing hormone (L.H.) and stops further secretion of FSH; The L.H. stimulates the maturation of the Graafian follicle; LH also stimulates the Graafian follicle to release an ovum into the (funnel of the) fallopian tube causes ovulation; it also stimulates the remains of the Graafian follicle to form a yellow body corpus luteum (in the ovary; The corpus luteum is stimulated by the L.H. to produce progesterone; Progesterone then stimulates the thickening of the endometrium/inner lining of the uterine wall; in readiness for implantation, as progesterone level increases, it inhibits (the pituitary gland) from secreting FSH; further increase in progesterone level inhibits the pituitary gland from secreting L.H. This causes the corpus Luteum to degenerate; this reduces the amount of progesterone; the sudden drop in secretion of progesterone causes the endometrium to slough oft/menstruation occurs; and the cycle is repeated; (15 marks)
  8. The meal is ingested through the mouth; (In the mouth), it is chewed/masticated (by teeth); to reduce/break it into smaller particles, mixed with saliva (from salivary gland); The food is then rolled (by the tongue) into boluses; and pushed down/ into the oesophaghus/swallowed; The boluses move by peristalsis into the stomach);
    Constant contractions/relaxations of the stomach walls mix the food, giving rise to chime); Presence of food in the stomach further stimulates production of gastric juice; which contains pepsinogen; and rennin/chymosin; Pepsinogen is activated to pepsin; by hydrochloric acid; (contained in the gastric juice). Pepsin breaks down proteins to peptides;
    Rennin converts/coagulates the protein, caseinogen; in milk to casein; (which is abundant in young children). It is then pushed into the duodenum (through the pyloric sphincter); Pancreatic juice in the duodenum contains trypsin; which digests proteins into peptides; (secreted in an inactive form, trypsinogen)

    In the ileum, intestinal juice/Succus entericus is secreted; It contains peptidase enzymes, which breaks down polypeptides into amino acids, It also contains polypeptidase enzyme, which breaks down peptides to amino acids, completing the process of digestion of the proteins;
    The amino acids are absorbed into the bloodstream/pass through the epithelia of the villi, and the capillary walls into the blood-stream; by active transport; The undigested/indigestible proteins/food substances pass through to the colon/large intestines, where water is absorbed, leaving a semi-solid waste material being passed on to the rectum; then out through the anus (as faeces); (20 marks)
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