Item ME159001: Water is not a souce of food for plants and animals because food must contain molecules that have carbon atoms linked to other carbon atoms, and water molecules do not have carbon atoms linked to other carbon atoms.

Is water a source of food for plants and animals?  Why or why not?

A.  Yes, because food is anything that is needed by plants and animals, and water is needed by plants and animals

B.  Yes, because food is anything that provides energy to plants and animals, and water provides energy to plants and animals

C.  No, because liquids cannot be food for plants and animals, and water is a liquid

D.  No, because food must contain molecules that have carbon atoms linked to other carbon atoms, and water molecules do not have carbon atoms linked to other carbon atoms

Distribution of Responses

Chart showing distrubtion of responses for Item ME159001

Percent of students responding correctly

Overall26%
Grades 6–816%
Grades 9–1233%
Male27%
Female25%
Primary Language is English27%
Primary Language is not English21%

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