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NCERT Exemplar Solutions for Class 8 Science Chapter 2 Microorganisms: Friend and Foe will assist students to cross-check their knowledge on Microorganisms. Students who are planning to take up in higher secondary schools should study this NCERT Exemplar Solutions Class 8 Science thoroughly to understand the concepts from the exam point of view.
This NCERT Exemplar has answers to the questions provided in NCERT Exemplar book. All the questions provided in exemplar books are solved by the subject experts and this page has answers to 7 MCQs, 9 very short answer questions, 11 short answer questions. The chapter Microorganisms: Friend and Foe are about learning what microorganisms are and how they help us to survive. In this chapter, the students will learn about different types of microorganisms like friendly microorganisms and harmful microorganisms. Visit below for the downloadable link to get free PDF.
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Multiple Choice Questions
1. Which of the following reproduces only inside a host cell?
The answer is (b) Virus
The virus is considered as intermediate between living and non-living. Outside a host-virus remains inactive. It can perform its life processes and reproduction only when it is inside a host cell.
2. A disease in human beings caused by a virus is _______.
The answer is (b) Influenza
Typhoid is caused by bacteria Salmonella typhoid.
Dysentry is caused by an amoeba which is a protozoan.
Cholera is caused by Vibrio cholera bacteria.
3. Pathogenic micro-organisms present in host cells are killed by medicines called
(a) Pain killer
The answer is (b) Antibiotics
- Pain Killers gives relief from pain.
- Antibodies are produced by our immune system which acts and elicit a specific immune reaction.
- Antibiotics that inhibit or kill certain bacteria.
- Vaccines provide acquired immunity against a particular disease.
4. The two micro-organisms which live in symbiotic association in lichens are
(a) Fungus and Protozoa
(b) Alga and Bacteria
(c) Bacteria and Protozoa
(d) Alga and Fungus
The answer is (d) Alga and Fungus
5. The gas released during the preparation of bread is
(b) Carbon dioxide
(d) Sulphur dioxide
The answer is (b) Carbon dioxide
Carbon-di-oxide is released due to the fermentation process conducted by yeast. CO2 causes rising of the dough and make the bread fluffy.
6. The disease caused by a protozoan and spread by an insect is _________.
The answer is (b) Malaria
Malaria is caused by protozoan named Plasmodium vivax which is transmitted by mosquitos. Other options are viral diseases hence they are wrong answers.
7. Paheli dug two pits, A and B, in her garden. In-pit A, she put a polythene bag packed with some agricultural waste. In-pit B, she dumped the same kind of a waste but without packing it in a polythene bag. She then covered both the pits with soil. What did she observe after a month?
(a) Waste in pit A degraded faster than that in pit B.
(b) Waste in pit B degraded faster than that in pit A.
c) Waste in both pits degraded almost equally.
(d) Waste in both pits did not degrade at all.
The answer is (b) Waste in pit B degraded faster than that in pit A.
Waste in pit B degrades faster than waste in pit A because Polythene in pit B is open and receives oxygen for composting whereas polythene in closed in pit A and organisms don’t receive oxygen to compost the waste material in the polythene bag.
Very Short Answer Questions
8. Unscramble the jumbled words underlined in the following statements.
(a) Cells of our body produce santiidobe to fight pathogens.
(b) curbossulite is an air-borne disease caused by a bacterium.
(c) Xanrhat is a dangerous bacterial disease.
(d) Yeasts are used in the wine industry because of their property of meronettinaf.
9. Suggest a suitable word for each of the following statements.
(a) Chemicals added to food to prevent the growth of microorganisms.
(b) Nitrogen-fixing microorganism present in the root nodules of legumes.
(c) The agent spreads pathogens from one place to another.
(d) Chemicals which kill or stop the growth of pathogens.
c. Carrier/ vector
10. Match the names of scientists given in Column A with the discovery made by them given in Column B.
Column A – Column B
(a) Louis Pasteur – (i) Penicillin
(b) Robert Koch – (ii) anthrax bacterium
(c) Edward Jenner – (iii) Fermentation
(d) Alexander Fleming – (iv) small pox vaccine
Column A – Column B
(a) Louis Pasteur – (iii) Fermentation
(b) Robert Koch – (ii) anthrax bacterium
(c) Edward Jenner – (iv) small pox vaccine
(d) Alexander Fleming – (i) Penicillin
11. Name one commercial use of yeast
Yeast is used in making bread and they are used in the fermentation of alcohol.
12. Name the process in yeast that converts sugars into alcohol.
Fermentation is the process in yeast that converts sugars into alcohol.
13. In the soil, which nutrient is enriched by blue-green algae (cyanobacteria)?
Blue-green-algae enriches Nitrogen in the soil.
14. Why should we avoid standing close to a tuberculosis patient while he/she is coughing?
Tuberculosis can spread through the air when the infected person coughs. Hence we avoid standing close to a tuberculosis patient while he/she is coughing.
15. Polio drops are not given to children suffering from diarrhoea. Why?
If the children are suffering from diarrhoea oral polio drops will get excreted due to frequent motions. Hence children with diarrhoea are not given with polio drops.
16. Paheli watched her grandmother making mango pickle. After she bottled the pickle, her grandmother poured oil on top of the pickle before closing the lid. Paheli wanted to know why oil was poured? Can you help her understand why?
Oils prevent the attack of bacteria which will help preserve the pickle for a long period of time.
Short Answer Questions
17. Match the microorganisms given in Column A to the group to which they belong in Column B.
Column A – Column B
(a) Lactobacillus – (i) Algae
(b) Aspergillus – (ii) Protozoa
(c) Spirogyra – (iii) Fungi
(d) Paramecium – (iv) Bacteria
Column A – Column B
(a) Lactobacillus – (iv) Bacteria
(b) Aspergillus – (iii) Fungi
(c) Spirogyra – (i) Algae
(d) Paramecium – (ii) Protozoa
18. Classify the following into friendly and harmful microorganisms.
Yeast, malarial parasite, Lactobacillus, bread mould, Rhizobium, Bacillus anthracis
19. While returning from the school, Boojho ate chaat from a street hawker. When he reached home, he felt ill and complained of stomach ache and fell ill. What could be the reason?
The probable reason is that the chaat was contaminated by pathogenic microbes due to unhygienic conditions near the shop or the utensil used for serving could have contaminated.
The reason may be the contamination of food by pathogenic microbes. Contamination may be due to the unhygienic conditions near the shop or the utensil used to serve the chaat.
20. What will happen to ‘pooris’ and ‘unused kneaded flour’ if they are left in the open for a day or two?
Pooris and unused kneaded flour get spoiled due to microbial activity. Food gets fermented when kept open and it will be spoiled.
21. (a) Name two diseases that are caused by the virus.
(b) Write one important characteristic of the virus.
a. Polio, HIV
b. A virus can reproduce only when it is inside the host cell.
Long Answer Questions
22. Observe the Fig.2.1 and answer the questions that follow.
(a) Write the name of the disease.
(b) Name the causative agent of this disease?
(c) How does the disease spread from one plant to another?
(d) Name any two plant diseases and the microbes that cause them.
a. Yellow vein mosaic of lady’s finger/okra
b. This disease is caused by a virus called Yellow vein mosaic virus.
c. This disease spread from one plant to another by insects.
d. (i) Citrus canker caused by bacteria (ii) Rust of wheat caused by the fungus
23. How do vaccines work?
When a disease-carrying microbe enters our body, the body produces antibodies to fight the invader. The body also remembers how to fight the microbe if it enters again. If dead or weakened microbes are introduced into a healthy body, the body fights and kills the invading bacteria by producing suitable antibodies. The antibodies remain in the body and we are protected from the disease-causing microbes forever. This is how a vaccine works.
24. Observe the set up given in Fig. 2.2 and answer the following questions.
(a) What happens to the sugar solution in A?
(b) Which gas is released in A?
(c) What changes will you observe in B when the released gas passes through it?
a) Yeast ferments sugar to convert it to alcohol and carbon-di-oxide is released.
c) CO2 Coverts limewater milky.
25. Observe the Fig.2.3 and answer the following questions.
(a) Name the microorganism and the group to which it belongs.
(b) Name the food item on which the organism grows.
(c) Does it grow well in dry or in moist conditions?
(d) Is it safe to eat infected bread?
a) The image is of bread mould. It is a fungus
b) It grows on moist and stale bread
c) It grows well in moist conditions
d) No, it is not safe to eat infected bread because fungus produces a poisonous substance which will spoil the food.
26. Give reasons for the following.
(a) Fresh milk is boiled before consumption while processed milk stored in packets can be consumed without boiling.
(b) Raw vegetables and fruits are kept in refrigerators whereas jams and pickles can be kept outside.
(c) Farmers prefer to grow beans and peas in nitrogen-deficient soils.
(d) Mosquitoes can be controlled by preventing stagnation of water though they do not live in water. Why?
a) Fresh milk is boiled to kill the harmful microorganisms in the milk. Packed milk is pasteurized hence there is no need to boil the pasteurized milk.
b)Raw vegetables easily get infected by microbes. Hence they are kept in the refrigerator as low temperature inhibits the growth of micro-organisms. In Jams and pickle, there are sugar and salt which acts as preservatives. Hence they do not get infected easily.
c) Beans and peas are leguminous plants which have Rhizobium in their root nodules. Rhizobium fixes atmospheric Nitrogen to enrich the soil and its fertility gets increases.
d) Though mosquitos do not live in water. But they lay their egg and their larvae grow in water. Hence mosquitoes can be controlled by preventing stagnation of water.
27. How can we prevent the following diseases?
(c) Hepatitis A
a) Cholera can be prevented by following good personal hygiene and sanitation practices.
b) Typhoid can be prevented by eating properly cooked food, by drinking boiled water and by getting vaccinated against typhoid disease.
c) Hepatitis can be prevented by drinking boiled water and by getting vaccinated.
28. Complete the following cycle given as Fig. 2.4 by filling the blanks (a), (b), (c) (d)
(a) Lightning fixes nitrogen.
(b) Nitrogen-fixing bacteria and blue-green algae fix atmospheric nitrogen.
(c) Nitrogenous waste from excretion and death.
(d) Bacteria turn compounds of nitrogen into gaseous nitrogen.
Topics of NCERT Exemplar for Microorganisms Friend and Foe Class 8 NCERT Solutions
- Habitats of Microorganisms
- Microorganisms and us
- Harmful microorganisms
- Food preservation
- Nitrogen fixation
- Nitrogen cycle
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