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Chapter 8- Cell The Unit of Life Interview Questions Answers

Question 1 :
Which of the following is not correct?
(a) Robert Brown discovered the cell.
(b) Schleiden and Schwann formulated the cell theory.
(c) Virchow explained that cells are formed from pre-existing cells.
(d) A unicellular organism carries out its life activities within a single cell.

Answer 1 : (a) Robert Hooke discovered the celland Robert Brown discovered nucleus in the cell.

Question 2 :
New cells generate from
(a) bacterial fermentation
(b) regeneration of old cells
(c) pre-existing cells
(d) abiotic materials.

Answer 2 :

(c) pre-existing cells

Question 3 :
Match the following.
Column I                                           Column II
(a) Cristae                                 (i) Flat membranous sacs in stroma
(b) Cisternae                           (ii) Infoldings in mitochondria
(c) Thylakoids                        (iii) Disc-shaped sacs in Golgi apparatus

Answer 3 :

Column I                                           Column II
(a) Cristae  --------------------(ii) Infoldings in mitochondria                         
(b) Cisternae ----------------- (iii) Disc-shaped sacs in Golgi apparatus                        
(c) Thylakoids  ----------------(i) Flat membranous sacs in stroma                 

Question 4 :
Which of the following is correct?
(a) Cells of all living organisms have a nucleus.
(b) Both animal and plant cells have a well defined cell wall.
(c) In prokaryotes, there are no membrane bound organelles.
(d) Cells are formed de novo from abiotic

Answer 4 : (c) Mature mammalian erythrocytes and sieve tube cells of vascular plants lack nucleus. Animals lack cell wall and only cell membrane is present. Prokaryotes are unicellular organisms which lack nucleus and other membrane bound organelles. All cells arise from pre-existing cells.

Question 5 : What is a mesosome in a prokaryotic cell? Mention the functions that it performs.

Answer 5 : Mesosome is a membranous structure in prokaryotic cell, which is formed by the extensions of the plasma membrane into the cell in form of vesicles, tubules and lamellae. Mesosomes are equal to mitochondria in eukaryotes, as they perform aerobic cellular respiration in prokaryotes. It helps in DNA replication and distribution of genetic material to daughter cells. Mesosomes also help in respiration, increase the surface area of the plasma membrane and enzymatic content and cell wall formation.

Question 6 : How do neutral solutes move across the plasma membrane? Can the polar molecules also move across it in the same way? If not, then how are these transported across the membrane?

Answer 6 : Neutral solutes move across the membrane by the process of simple diffusion along the concentration gradient i.e., from higher concentration to the lower concentration. Polar molecules cannot pass through the nonpolar lipid bilayer, they require carrier proteip of the membrane to facilitate their transport across the membrane. In facilitated diffusion, molecules are transported along concentration gradient by help of ion channels and permeases and it does not involve energy expenditure (passive transport).

Question 7 : Name two cell-organelles that are double membrane bound. What are the characteristics of these two organelles? State their functions and draw labelled diagrams of both?

Answer 7 : Mitochondria and chloroplast are double membrane bound organelles. Mitochondria: Mitochondria are cylindrical or sausage shaped cell organelles and contains two membranes, outer and inner. The inner compartment is called the matrix containing DNA, RNA, ribosomes, enzymes of Krebs cycle etc and outer membrane forms the continuous limiting boundary of the organelle. Inner membrane forms number of infoldings called the cristae which increases the surface area. Oxysomes are present on inner mitochondrial membrane. Mitochondria are semiautonomous organelles, i.e., have their own DNA and ribosomes.

Functions of mitochondria:

Mitochondria are essential for aerobic respiration.
  1. Mitochondria provide intermediates for synthesis of important biomolecules such as chlorophyll, cytochrome, steroids etc.
  2. Mitochondria regulate the calcium ion concentration in the cell.
  3. Mitochondrial matrix contains enzymes for the synthesis of fatty acids.
  4. Synthesis of many amino acids takes place here
Chloroplast: They are green coloured plastids which are disc shaped. The space limited by inner membrane of chloroplast is called as stroma. Stroma has organised flattened membranous sacs called the thylakoids. Thylakoids are arranged in stacks called grana. Matrix of a chloroplast contains DNA, RNA, ribosomes and enzymes. Chloroplast is also a semiautonomous organelle.
Functions of chloroplast:

  1. Photosynthesis is performed by chloroplast.
  2. Chloroplast stores starch grains.
  3. Maintains balance of C02 concentration in the air.
  4. Keeps oxygen balance constant in atmosphere by liberating 02 into the atmosphere, used during respiration and combustion.


Question 8 : What are the characteristics of prokaryotic cells?

Answer 8 :

Characteristics of prokaryotic cells are as follows:

  1. The prokaryotic cell is essentially a single – envelope system.
  2. Prokaryotes lack membrane bound cell organelles.
  3. Prokaryotes have 70S ribosomes.
  4. DNA is naked and lies coiled in cytoplasm. It is not covered by nuclear membrane and is termed as nucleoid.
  5. Nuclear components, like, nuclear envelope, nucleolus, nucleoplasm are absent.
  6. Cell wall is present in bacteria and cyanobacteria, but absent in mycoplasma.
  7. Multiplies by asexual reproduction.
  8. Transcription and translation takes place in cytoplasm.

Question 9 : Multicellular organisms have division of labour. Explain.

Answer 9 : Division of labour is differentiation of certain components or parts to perform different functions for increased efficiency and higher survival. Multicellular organisms often possess millions of cells. Various cells are grouped together to form specific tissue, organ or organ system, with each specialised to perform particular function. Every cell of a multicellular organism cannot obtain food from outside. The organism requires a system for obtaining food, its digestion and distribution. Therefore, a digestive system and system of transport are also required. Certain cells of the body take over the function of reproduction. Others take part in repair and replacement of worn out or injured portions. For optimum functioning of cells, a multicellular organism also requires an internal favourable environment. Therefore, multicellular organisms come to have division of labour.

Question 10 : Cell is the basic unit of life. Discuss in brief.

Answer 10 : Cell is fundamental, structural and functional unit of life, as no living organism can have life without being cellular. All life begins as a single cell. An organism is either made of single cell (unicellular) or many cells (multicellular). In unicellular organism, single cell is capable of independent existence and perform all essential functions of life, while in multicellular organism, each group of cells is specialised for specific function. Life passes from one generation to the next in form of cells, and new cell always arise from division of pre-existing cells. Cells are totipotent, i.e., single cell has ability to form whole organism. The activities of an organism are sum total of activities of its cells, therefore, cell is the basic unit of life.


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