Natural Science CLEP Prep Practice Exam

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Which of the following is an example of an organic compound?

Sodium chloride

Carbon dioxide


An organic compound is defined as a compound that contains both carbon and hydrogen. In contrast, inorganic compounds do not contain carbon-hydrogen bonds. Option A (sodium chloride) is an ionic compound made of sodium and chloride ions. Similarly, option D (magnesium oxide) is also an ionic compound made of magnesium and oxygen ions. Option B (carbon dioxide) is a simple inorganic compound made of one carbon atom and two oxygen atoms. Only option C (benzene) is a complex organic compound consisting of six carbon atoms and six hydrogen atoms bonded together. Therefore, option C is the correct answer.

Magnesium oxide