Item RH005005: In sexually reproducing organisms, such as humans, half of the chromosomes contain genetic information from one parent and half from the other parent.

In sexually reproducing organisms, such as humans, which of the following statements is TRUE about the chromosomes found in the cells of the children?

  1. All of the chromosomes in the cells of the children contain genetic information from just one of the parents.
  2. Half of the chromosomes in the cells of the children contain genetic information from one parent, and half of the chromosomes contain genetic information from the other parent.
  3. Some of the chromosomes in the cells of the children contain genetic information from each parent, but the number of chromosomes containing information from each parent cannot be predicted.
  4. Most of the chromosomes in the cells of the sons contain genetic information from the father, and most of the chromosomes in the cells of the daughters contain genetic information from the mother.

Distribution of Responses

Chart showing distrubtion of responses for Item RH005005

Percent of students responding correctly

Overall49%
Grades 6–844%
Grades 9–1257%
Male48%
Female51%
Primary Language is English50%
Primary Language is not English49%

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