Item ME161001: A solution of sugar water is a source of food because the sugar in the solution is a source of energy and building materials.

A patient is in the hospital.  The nurse put a needle into his arm and connected it to a solution of sugar dissolved in water.  Is the sugar and water solution that enters his body a source of food for the patient?

A.  Yes, because food is anything that provides energy, and the water in the solution provides energy

B.  Yes, because food is anything that is a source of both energy and building materials, and the sugar in the solution is a source of energy and building materials

C.  No, because liquids cannot be food, and the solution is a liquid

D.  No, because food has to enter the body through the mouth, and the sugar and water solution does not enter the patient’s body through the mouth

Distribution of Responses

Chart showing distrubtion of responses for Item ME161001

Percent of students responding correctly

Overall54%
Grades 6–849%
Grades 9–1260%
Male53%
Female56%
Primary Language is English55%
Primary Language is not English49%

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