SAT Subject Biology Practice Question 7: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 7

2. A plant cell is placed in a hypotonic solution. As a result, the cell will

A. lyse
B. swell but remain intact
C. shrivel
D. remain unchanged
E. take up solutes

Correct Answer: B


A plant cell placed in a hypotonic solution will take up water and swell. However, it will not burst because the rigid cell wall can withstand the turgor pressure of the water. This process keeps plants upright.

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