Q.1. Choose the incorrect statement from the following:
(a) In birds and mammals internal fertilisation takes place
(b) Colostrum contains antibodies and nutrients
(c) Polyspermy in mammals is prevented by the chemical changes in the egg surface
(d) In the human female implantation occurs almost seven days after fertilisation
During fertilisation, a sperm comes in contact with the zona pellucida layer of the ovum and induces changes in the membrane that block the entry of additional sperms. Thus, it ensures that only one sperm can fertilise an ovum.
Q.2. Identify the correct statement from the following:
(a) High levels of estrogen triggers the ovulatory surge.
(b) Oogonial cells start to proliferate and give rise to functional ova in regular cycles from puberty onwards.
(c) Sperms released from seminiferous tubules are highly motile.
(d) Progesterone level is high during the post ovulatory phase of menstrual cycle.
Q.3. Spot the odd one out from the following structures with reference to the male reproductive system:
(a) Rete testis
(c) Vasa efferentia
Q.4. Seminal plasma, the fluid part of semen, is contributed by.
i. Seminal vesicle
ii. Prostate gland
iv. Bulbourethral gland
(a) i and ii
(b) i, ii and iv
(c) ii, iii and iv
(d) i and iv
Secretion of seminal vesicle (paired), prostate gland (unpaired) and bulbourethral glands or Cowper’s glands (paired) constitute the seminal plasma which is rich in fructose, calcium and certain enzymes.
Q.5. Spermiation is the process of the release of sperms from:
(a) Seminiferous tubules
(b) Vas deferens
(d) Prostate gland
Process of the release of sperms from seminiferous tubules.
Formation of gametes
Transfer of sperms into the female genital tract
Fusion of male and female gametes
Attachment of blastocyst to the uterine wall
Delivery of baby
Q.6. Mature Graafian follicle is generally present in the ovary of a healthy human female around:
(a) 5 – 8 day of menstrual cycle
(b) 11 – 17 day of menstrual cycle
(c) 18 – 23 day of menstrual cycle
(d) 24 – 28 day of menstrual cycle
Solution. Mature Graafian follicle is generally present in the ovary of a healthy human female around 11-17 day of menstrual cycle.
Q.7. Acrosomal reaction of the sperm occurs due to:
(a) Its contact with zona pellucida of the ova
(b) Reactions within the uterine environment of the female
(c) Reactions within the epididymal environment of the male
(d) Androgens produced in the uterus
Acrosome reaction in sperm is triggered by release of fertilizin. The secretions of the acrosome help the sperm enter into the cytoplasm of the ovum through the zona pellucida and the plasma membrane.
Q.8. Which one of the following is not a male accessory gland?
(a) Seminal vesicle
(d) Bulbourethral gland
Q.9. The spermatogonia undergo division to produce sperms by the process of spermatogenesis. Choose the correct one with reference to above.
(a) Spermatogonia have 46 chromosomes and always undergo meiotic cell division
(b) Primary spermatocytes divide by mitotic cell division
(c) Secondary spermatocytes have 23 chromosomes and undergo second meiotic division
(d) Spermatozoa are transformed into spermatids
Q.10. Match between the following representing parts of the sperm and their functions and choose the correct option.
|Column I||Column II|
|A. Head||i. Enzymes|
|B. Middle piece||ii. Sperm motility|
|C. Acrosome||iii. Energy|
|D. Tail||iv. Genetic material|
(a) A-ii, B-iv, C-i, D-iii
(b) A-iv, B-iii, C-i, D-ii
(c) A-iv, B-i, C-ii, D-iii
(d) A-ii, B-i, C-iii, D-iv
Q.11. Which among the following has 23 chromosomes?
(c) Secondary oocyte
Secondary oocyte (n = 23)
Q.12. Match the following and choose the correct options:
|Column I||Column II|
|(A) Trophoblast||(i) Embedding of blastocyst in the endometrium|
|(B) Cleavage||(ii) Group of cells that would differentiate as embryo|
|(C) Inner cell mass||(iii) Outer layer of blastocyst attached to the endometrium|
|(D) Implantation||(iv) Mitotic division of zygote|
(a) A-ii, B-i, C-iii, D-iv
(b) A-iii, B-iv, C-ii, D-i
(c) A-iii, B-i, C-ii, D-iv
(d) A-ii, B-iv, C-iii, D-i
|(A)||Trophoblast||(iii)||Outer layer of blastocyst attached to the endometrium|
|(B)||Cleavage||(iv)||Mitotic division of zogote|
|(C)||Inner cell mass||(ii)||Group of cells that would differentiate as embryo|
|(D)||Implantation||(i)||embedding of blastocyst in the endometrium|
Q.13. Which of the following hormones is not secreted by human placenta?
Q.14. The vas deferens receives duct from the seminal vesicle and opens into urethra as:
(b) Ejaculatory duct
(c) Efferent ductule
The vas deferens receives duct from the seminal vesicle and opens into urethra as ejaculatory duct.
Q.15. Urethral meatus refers to the:
(a) Urinogenital duct
(b) Opening of vas deferens into urethra
(c) External opening of the urinogenital duct
(d) Muscles surrounding the urinogenital duct
The urethra originates from the urinary bladder and extends through the penis to its external opening called urethral meatus (external opening of the urinogenital duct).
Q.16. Morula is a developmental stage:
(a) Between the zygote and blastocyst
(b) Between the blastocyst and gastrula
(c) After the implantation
(d) Between implantation and parturition
The embryo with 8 to 16 blastomeres is called a morula. Morula is the solid mass of cells and is mulberry like. Morula is a developmental stage between the zygote and blastocyst
Q.17. The membranous cover of the ovum at ovulation is:
(a) Corona radiata
(b) Zona radiata
(c) Zona pellucida
The membranous cover of the ovum at ovulation is corona radiata
Q.18. Identify the odd one from the following:
(a) Labia minora
Fimbriae, infundibulum isthmus and ampulla are the part of fallopian duct while labia minora is female external genitalia.
VERY SHORT ANSWER TYPE QUESTIONS
Q.1. Given below are the events in human reproduction. Write them in correct sequential order:
Insemination, gametogenesis, fertilisation, parturition, gestation, implantation
Ans. Gametogenesis → Insemination → Fertilisation → Implantation → Gestation → Parturition
Q.2. The path of sperm transport is given below. Provide the missing steps in blank boxes.
Q.3. What is the role of cervix in the human female reproductive system?
Ans. Cervix helps in regulating the passage of sperms into the uterus and forms the birth canal to facilitate parturition.
Q.4. Why are menstrual cycles absent during pregnancy.
Ans. The high levels of progesterone and estrogens during pregnancy suppress the gonadotropins which is required for the development of new follicles. Therefore, a new cycle cannot be initiated.
Q.5. Female reproductive organs and associated functions are given below in column A and B. Fill the blank boxes.
|Column A||Column B|
|Column A||Column B|
Q.6. From where the parturition signals arise-mother or foetus? Mention the main hormone involved in parturition.
Ans. The signals for parturition originate from the fully developed foetus and the placenta which induce mild uterine contractions called foetal ejection reflex. This triggers release of oxytocin from the maternal pituitary.
The main hormone involved in parturition is oxytocin.
Q.7. What is the significance of epididymis in male fertility?
Ans. In the epididymis sperms undergo physiological maturation, acquiring increased motility and fertilizing capacity.
Q.8. Give the names and functions of the hormones involved in the process of spermatogenesis. Write the names of the endocrine glands from where they are released.
Ans. Spermatogenesis starts at the age of puberty due to significant increase in the secretion of gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH). This is a hypothalamic hormone.
Q.9. The mother germ cells are transformed into a mature follicle through series of steps. Provide the missing steps in the blank boxes.
Q.10. During reproduction, the chromosome number (2n) reduces to half (n) in the gametes and again the original number (2n) is restored in the offspring, What are the processes through which these events take place?
Ans. Halving of chromosomal number takes place during gametogenesis and regaining the 2n number occur as a result of fertilisation.
Q.11. What is the difference between a primary oöcyte and a secondary oöcyte?
Q.12. What is the significance of ampullary–isthmic junction in the female reproductive tract?
Ans. In mammals, fertilization takes place in the ampullary-isthmic junction.
Q.13. How does zona pellucida of ovum help in preventing polyspermy?
Ans. Polyspermy means an egg has been fertilized by more than one sperms. The zona pellucida is modified by proteases. The proteases destroy the protein link between the cell membrane and the vitelline membrane, remove any receptors that other sperm have bound to, and help to form the fertilization membrane that prevents polyspermy.
Q.14. Mention the importance of LH surge during menstrual cycle.
Ans. LH surge is essential for the events leading to ovulation.
Q.15. Which type of cell division forms spermatids from the secondary spermatocytes?
Ans. Second meiotic division
SHORT ANSWER TYPE QUESTIONS
Q.1. A human female experiences two major changes, menarche and menopause during her life. Mention the significance of both the events.
Ans. Menarche represents the beginning of menstrual cycle which is an indication of attainment of sexual maturity. Menopause, on the other hand, refers to the cessation of menstruation which in turn means stoppage of gamete production, i.e., it marks the end of reproductive/ fertile life of the female.
Q.2. (a) How many spermatozoa are formed from one secondary spermatocyte?
(b) Where does the first cleavage division of zygote take place?
(a) Two spermatozoa are formed from one secondary spermatocyte.
(b) First cleavage division of zygote take place in fallopian tube or oviduct.
Q.3. Corpus luteum in pregnancy has a long life. However, if fertilisation does not take place, it remains active only for 10-12 days. Explain.
Ans. This is because of a neural signal given by the maternal endometrium to its hypothalamus in presence of a zygote to sustain the gonadotropin (LH) secretion, so as to maintain the corpus luteum as long as the embryo remains there. In the absence of a zygote, therefore, the corpus luteum cannot be maintained longer.
Q.4. What is foetal ejection reflex? Explain how it leads to parturition?
Ans. Vigorous contraction of the uterus at the end of the pregnancy causes expulsion/delivery of the foetus. This process of delivery of the foetus (childbirth) is called parturition.
Q.5. Except endocrine function, what are the other functions of placenta.
Ans. Placenta facilitates the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the embryo. It also removes CO2 and excretory wastes produced by embryo.
Q.6. Why doctors recommend breast feeding during initial period of infant growth?
Ans. The mammary glands of the female undergo differentiation during pregnancy and starts producing milk towards the end of pregnancy by the process called lactation.
The milk produced during the initial few days of lactation is called colostrum which contains several antibodies absolutely essential to develop resistance for the new born babies. Breast-feeding during the initial period of infant growth is recommended by doctors for bringing up a healthy baby.
Q.7. What are the events that take place in the ovary and uterus during follicular phase of the menstrual cycle.
1. The primary follicle .grows and becomes fully mature graafian follicles.
2. Secretion of estrogen hormone.
3. Endometrium of uterus regenerates through proliferation
Q.8. Given below is a flow chart showing ovarian changes during menstrual cycle. Fill in the spaces giving the name of the hormones responsible for the events shown.
Q.9. Give a schematic labelled diagram to represent Oögenesis (without descriptions).
Fig: Schematic representation of Oogenesis
Q.10. What are the changes in the oogonia during the transition of a primary follicle to Graafian follicle?
Ans. Oogenesis is initiated during the embryonic development stage when a couple of million gamete mother cells (oogonia) are formed within each fetal ovary (about third month of foetal ovary), no more oogonia are formed and added after birth.
LONG ANSWER QUESTIONS
Q.1. What role does pituitary gonadotropins play during follicular and ovulatory phases of menstrual cycle? Explain the shifts in steroidal secretions.
Ans. Menstrual cycle is regulated by hypothalamus through the pituitary gland. At the end of menstrual phase, the pituitary FSH gradually increases resulting in follicular development within the ovaries. As the follicles mature, Estrogen secretion increases resulting in a surge in (FSHe and LH).The surge of LH responsible for ovulation. LH also induces luteinisation. This leading to the formation of corpus luteum. Corpus luteum secretes progesterone and some estrogen which help in maintaining the uterine endometrium for implantation.
Q.2. Meiotic division during oogenesis is different from that in spermatogenesis. Explain how and why?
Ans. Unequal cytoplasmic division of the oocyte is to ensure the retention of bulk of cytoplasm in one cell, instead of sharing with two. It has to provide nourishment for the developing embryo during early stages, so it is essential to retain as much cytoplasmic materials it could in a single daughter cell.
Q.3. The zygote passes through several developmental stages till implantation, Describe each stage briefly with suitable diagrams.
Ans. The mitotic division starts as the zygote moves through the isthmus of the oviduct called cleavage towards the uterus and forms 2, 4, 8, 16 daughter cells called blastomeres. The embryo with 8 to 16 blastomeres is called a morula. The morula continues to divide and transforms into blastocysts, it moves further into the uterus.
Q.4. Draw a neat diagram of the female reproductive system and label the parts associated with the following
(a) Production of gamete,
(b) Site of fertilisation
(c) Site of implantation and,
(d) Birth canal
Q.5. With a suitable diagram, describe the organisation of mammary gland.
Ans. A functional mammary gland is characteristic of all female mammals. The mammary glands are paired structures (breasts) that contain glandular tissue and variable amount of fat. The glandular tissue of each breast is divided into 15—20 mammary lobes containing clusters of cells called alveoli. The cells of alveoli secrete milk, which is stored in the cavities (lumens) of alveoli.
Fig: Mammary glands of human femaleThe alveoli open into mammary tubules. The tubules of each lobe join to form a mammary duct. Several mammary ducts join to form a wider mammary ampulla which is connected to lactiferous ducts through which milk is sucked out.