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  • 1. 

    A Lagrange point in the Earth-Moon system is a position

    • A.

      On the Earth's surface that the Moon's gravity is concentrated

    • B.

       on the surface of the Moon that points directly away from the Earth

    • C.

      In space where the effects of the Earth's and Moon's gravity cancel each other out 

    • D.

      Directly between the Earth and Moon

    Correct Answer
    C. In space where the effects of the Earth's and Moon's gravity cancel each other out 
    Explanation
    A Lagrange point is a position in space where the gravitational forces of the Earth and Moon balance each other out. At this point, the gravitational pull from the Earth and the Moon are equal, resulting in a stable equilibrium. This allows objects to remain in a fixed position relative to the Earth and Moon, making it an ideal location for spacecraft or satellites.

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  • 2. 

    An optical SETI signal would most likely consist of

    • A.

      Using mirrors to reflect light from the surface of a planet

    • B.

       using a giant disk to block out the light from the parent star

    • C.

      A continuous beam of laser light

    • D.

       rapid, short bursts of intense laser light 

    Correct Answer
    D.  rapid, short bursts of intense laser light 
    Explanation
    An optical SETI signal would most likely consist of rapid, short bursts of intense laser light. This is because optical SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) involves searching for signals from extraterrestrial civilizations using optical telescopes. Rapid, short bursts of intense laser light are more likely to be used as a communication method by advanced civilizations, as they can transmit information quickly and efficiently over long distances. Continuous beams of laser light or using mirrors to reflect light from the surface of a planet are less likely to be used for communication purposes in optical SETI. Using a giant disk to block out the light from the parent star is unrelated to optical SETI.

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  • 3. 

    An organism with an Encephalization Quotient (EQ) of 4 is expected to be of

    • A.

      Above-avg intelligence

    • B.

      Lowest possible intelligence

    • C.

      Below-avg intelligence

    • D.

      Avg intelligence

    Correct Answer
    A. Above-avg intelligence
    Explanation
    An organism with an Encephalization Quotient (EQ) of 4 is expected to have above-average intelligence. The Encephalization Quotient is a measure of brain size relative to body size, and an EQ of 4 indicates that the organism has a larger brain in proportion to its body size compared to the average organism. Generally, a larger brain size is associated with higher cognitive abilities and intelligence, hence the expectation of above-average intelligence for an organism with an EQ of 4.

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  • 4. 

    Any reply to a detected SETI signal should

    • A.

      Represent a consensus of the Earth's population 

    • B.

      Be decided upon by the group of scientists who first detected the signal

    • C.

      Be decided upon by the government of the country who first detected the signal

    • D.

      Be sent immediately as a signal is received

    Correct Answer
    A. Represent a consensus of the Earth's population 
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "represent a consensus of the Earth's population." This is because any reply to a detected SETI signal should involve the input and agreement of the entire human population, as it would have significant implications for humanity as a whole. A consensus ensures that the decision is made collectively and takes into account the diverse perspectives and interests of people worldwide. It also helps to prevent any unilateral action that could have unforeseen consequences.

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  • 5. 

    If we were to intercept a signal from a civilization that was sent to another of its colonies on the other side of the galaxy, this would be an example of

    • A.

       an intentional signal beacon

    • B.

      A signal used for communication between a civilization's home world and another planet in its own planetary system

    • C.

      A signal used for communication between a civilization's home world and another star system 

    • D.

       a signal used for local communication the world where the intelligent beings exist

    Correct Answer
    C. A signal used for communication between a civilization's home world and another star system 
    Explanation
    The given correct answer suggests that if we were to intercept a signal sent from a civilization to another of its colonies on the other side of the galaxy, it would be an example of a signal used for communication between a civilization's home world and another star system. This implies that the signal is being transmitted over a long distance, from one star system to another, indicating a form of interstellar communication.

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  • 6. 

    In 1974 we transmitted a message toward the globular cluster M13 which is 21,000 ly away. What is one reason that this object was probably not ideal for sending a message to?

    • A.

       it is so far away that we will probably have stopped communicating before we receive and return signal

    • B.

      The message will be absorbed by interstellar dust before it reaches the cluster

    • C.

      Globular clusters contain, old, low mass stars with fewer heavy elements and hence are not ideal places for life 

    • D.

      Globular clusters contain young, high mass stars with insufficiently long main sequence lifetimes and hence are unsuitable places for life

    Correct Answer
    C. Globular clusters contain, old, low mass stars with fewer heavy elements and hence are not ideal places for life 
    Explanation
    Globular clusters contain old, low mass stars with fewer heavy elements, which makes them less likely to be suitable for life. This is because the presence of heavy elements is important for the formation of planets and the development of complex life forms. Therefore, sending a message to a globular cluster like M13 would not be ideal as the chances of finding life there are lower compared to other regions in the galaxy.

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  • 7. 

    Intelligence may be subject to convergent evolution because it

    • A.

       is required for survival

    • B.

      Is a fundamental characteristic of life

    • C.

      Has survival value 

    • D.

       is inevitable

    Correct Answer
    C. Has survival value 
    Explanation
    Intelligence may be subject to convergent evolution because it has survival value. This means that intelligent traits are advantageous for an organism's survival and reproduction, leading to their increased presence in a population over time. Intelligence allows organisms to adapt to their environment, solve problems, and make better decisions, which ultimately increases their chances of survival and passing on their genes to the next generation. Therefore, natural selection favors the development and evolution of intelligence in different species, leading to convergent evolution.

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  • 8. 

    Sending signals at optical wavelengths might be a viable alternative to radio wavelengths

    • A.

       over relatively short distances where absorption by interstellar matter would not be a problem 

    • B.

       over all distances as long as the intensity of the signal is strong enough

    • C.

      Only between civilizations around solar-type stars whose eyes have evolved to see such radiation

    • D.

      As long as the light transmitted is a different color than the light given off by the parent star

    Correct Answer
    A.  over relatively short distances where absorption by interstellar matter would not be a problem 
    Explanation
    Sending signals at optical wavelengths might be a viable alternative to radio wavelengths over relatively short distances where absorption by interstellar matter would not be a problem. This suggests that optical wavelengths are less likely to be absorbed by interstellar matter compared to radio wavelengths, making them more suitable for short-distance signal transmission.

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  • 9. 

    The 1420 MHz (21 cm) radio line generated by neutral hydrogen atoms is a good choice for interstellar communications because

    • A.

       it is the easiest radio frequency to generate

    • B.

       it is the only frequency to which radio telescopes can be tuned

    • C.

       all intelligent civilizations should be aware of its universal significance and would probably also think of sending and receiving signals at this frequency 

    • D.

      It is the only radio frequency that is not blocked by interstellar matter

    Correct Answer
    C.  all intelligent civilizations should be aware of its universal significance and would probably also think of sending and receiving signals at this frequency 
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that all intelligent civilizations should be aware of the universal significance of the 1420 MHz radio line generated by neutral hydrogen atoms and would likely think of sending and receiving signals at this frequency. This is because the 1420 MHz frequency corresponds to the wavelength of 21 cm, which is a unique and important characteristic of neutral hydrogen. As hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe, it is expected that any advanced civilization would have knowledge of this frequency and use it for interstellar communications.

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  • 10. 

    The adoption of very similar streamlined body shapes by both sharks and dolphins provides evidence for

    • A.

      Genetic mutations

    • B.

      Convergent evolution

    • C.

      Cross-breeding

    • D.

      Life originating in the oceans

    Correct Answer
    B. Convergent evolution
    Explanation
    The adoption of very similar streamlined body shapes by both sharks and dolphins suggests that they independently evolved to adapt to their aquatic environment. This similarity in body shape is not due to genetic mutations or cross-breeding, but rather a result of convergent evolution. Convergent evolution occurs when unrelated species develop similar traits or characteristics due to similar selective pressures. In this case, both sharks and dolphins evolved streamlined bodies to improve their swimming efficiency and maneuverability in the water.

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  • 11. 

    The Declaration of Principles Concerning Activities Following the Detection of Extraterrestrial Intelligence states that the first thing to do after the detection of a possible signal is to

    • A.

      Classify it top secret

    • B.

      Announce the discovery to the public

    • C.

      Send a reply

    • D.

      Confirm that it is genuine

    Correct Answer
    D. Confirm that it is genuine
    Explanation
    The correct answer is to confirm that it is genuine. This is because before taking any further actions, it is important to verify the authenticity of the detected signal. Confirming its genuineness ensures that any subsequent steps or announcements are based on accurate information. It helps to avoid unnecessary panic or false alarms that may arise from premature announcements. Once the signal's authenticity is confirmed, appropriate measures can be taken, such as classifying it top secret, announcing the discovery to the public, or sending a reply, depending on the nature and significance of the signal.

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  • 12. 

    The Drake equation allows us to estimate the number of

    • A.

       intelligent civilizations that have existed in our galaxy during its entire lifetime

    • B.

       intelligent civilizations capable of communicating in our galaxy now 

    • C.

      Intelligent civilizations capable of traveling to the Earth

    • D.

      Habitable planets on which life has arisen

    Correct Answer
    B.  intelligent civilizations capable of communicating in our galaxy now 
    Explanation
    The Drake equation is a mathematical formula that attempts to estimate the number of intelligent civilizations that are capable of communicating in our galaxy at the present time. It takes into account various factors such as the rate of star formation, the fraction of stars with planets, the number of habitable planets per star, the fraction of habitable planets where life actually arises, the fraction of life that evolves into intelligent civilizations, and the length of time that these civilizations are capable of communicating. Therefore, the correct answer is "intelligent civilizations capable of communicating in our galaxy now."

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  • 13. 

    The fact that Encephalization Quotients (EQs) of organisms have generally increased with time provides evidence for

    • A.

      Convergent evolution toward increasing intelligence

    • B.

      Genetic mutations

    • C.

      Cross-breeding between organisms

    • D.

      Artificial selection

    Correct Answer
    A. Convergent evolution toward increasing intelligence
    Explanation
    The fact that Encephalization Quotients (EQs) of organisms have generally increased with time suggests that there is a trend towards increasing intelligence in different species. This implies that there is a convergent evolution towards higher levels of intelligence, where different species independently evolve similar traits in response to similar environmental pressures. This is supported by the observation that various unrelated organisms, such as dolphins, elephants, and primates, have developed higher EQs over time, indicating a convergent evolution towards increased intelligence.

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  • 14. 

    The fundamental principles of radio SETI were first discussed in a seminal 1959 paper by

    • A.

      Drake

    • B.

      Cocconi and Morrison

    • C.

      Marconi and Tesla

    • D.

      Sagan and Oliver

    Correct Answer
    B. Cocconi and Morrison
    Explanation
    In 1959, Cocconi and Morrison published a paper that discussed the fundamental principles of radio SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence). This paper is considered seminal because it laid the groundwork for the field of radio SETI and sparked further research and exploration in the search for extraterrestrial life. Drake, Marconi, Tesla, Sagan, and Oliver are not mentioned in relation to this specific paper or its principles. Therefore, Cocconi and Morrison are the correct answer.

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  • 15. 

    The organisms with the highest Encephalization Quotient (EQ) ratios are

    • A.

      Whales

    • B.

      Humans

    • C.

      Dolphins

    • D.

      Chimps

    Correct Answer
    B. Humans
    Explanation
    Humans have the highest Encephalization Quotient (EQ) ratios among the given organisms. EQ is a measure of brain size relative to body size, indicating the level of brain development and complexity. Humans have the largest brains relative to their body size compared to whales, dolphins, and chimps. This suggests that humans have a higher cognitive ability and intelligence compared to these other organisms.

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  • 16. 

    The ratio of an organism's brain weight to body weight is thought to be roughly proportional to its

    • A.

      Sex drive

    • B.

      Rate of movement

    • C.

      Height

    • D.

      Intelligence

    Correct Answer
    D. Intelligence
    Explanation
    The ratio of an organism's brain weight to body weight is thought to be roughly proportional to its intelligence. This is because a larger brain relative to body size suggests a higher cognitive capacity and the ability to process information more efficiently. Intelligence is often associated with problem-solving skills, learning ability, and adaptability, all of which are influenced by the brain's structure and function. Therefore, organisms with a higher brain-to-body weight ratio are generally considered to be more intelligent.

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  • 17. 

    The search for radio signals from intelligent civilizations on planets around nearby solar-type stars is an example of a

    • A.

      Sky survey

    • B.

      Intentional sweep

    • C.

      Random sweep

    • D.

      Targeted search

    Correct Answer
    D. Targeted search
    Explanation
    The search for radio signals from intelligent civilizations on planets around nearby solar-type stars is referred to as a targeted search. This means that scientists are specifically focusing their efforts on certain areas or stars that have a higher likelihood of hosting intelligent life. It involves a deliberate and purposeful approach, rather than randomly scanning the entire sky. This targeted search allows researchers to allocate their resources more efficiently and increase the chances of detecting potential signals from extraterrestrial civilizations.

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  • 18. 

    What do we know for certain about the various factors in the Drake equations?

    • A.

      That none of them can equal 0

    • B.

      That at least one of them must equal 1

    • C.

      That at least one of them must equal 0 

    • D.

      That none of them can equal 1

    Correct Answer
    A. That none of them can equal 0
    Explanation
    The Drake equation is used to estimate the number of active, communicative extraterrestrial civilizations in our galaxy. It includes several factors such as the rate of star formation, the fraction of stars with planets, the number of planets that could support life, and so on. The statement that none of these factors can equal 0 is a logical requirement for the equation to be valid. If any of the factors were 0, it would mean that there are no potential civilizations in the galaxy, which contradicts the purpose of the equation. Therefore, it is certain that none of the factors in the Drake equation can be 0.

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  • 19. 

    What kind of civilization can life on Earth currently be classified as?

    • A.

      Type III

    • B.

      Type IV

    • C.

      Type II

    • D.

      Type I

    Correct Answer
    D. Type I
    Explanation
    Life on Earth can currently be classified as a Type I civilization. This classification is based on the Kardashev scale, which measures a civilization's level of technological advancement based on its energy consumption. A Type I civilization is able to harness and utilize all the energy available on its home planet. As humans on Earth are still primarily dependent on fossil fuels and have not yet fully harnessed the energy of the entire planet, we are considered to be a Type I civilization.

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  • 20. 

    What type of civilization would be able to use all the energy around its parent star to capture its radiation?

    • A.

      Type II

    • B.

      Type III

    • C.

      Type I

    • D.

      Type IV

    Correct Answer
    A. Type II
    Explanation
    A Type II civilization would be able to use all the energy around its parent star to capture its radiation. This type of civilization would have advanced technology and capabilities to harness the energy emitted by its star. They would have the ability to build megastructures, such as a Dyson sphere, which would completely enclose their star and capture its energy. This level of technological advancement would allow them to utilize the maximum amount of energy available from their star, making them a Type II civilization.

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  • 21. 

    Which factor in the modified Drake equation are we best able to estimate?

    • A.

      Nhp, the number of habitable planets in our galaxy 

    • B.

       fciv, fraction of life-bearing planets where intelligent civilizations have at some time arisen

    • C.

      Flife, fraction of life-bearing habitable planets which are intelligent now

    • D.

       fnow, fraction of civilization-bearing planets that have intelligent civilizations on them now

    Correct Answer
    A. Nhp, the number of habitable planets in our galaxy 
    Explanation
    We are best able to estimate Nhp, the number of habitable planets in our galaxy. This is because scientists have been able to identify and study a large number of exoplanets in recent years, using various methods such as the transit method and radial velocity method. These observations have provided valuable data that can be used to estimate the number of habitable planets in our galaxy.

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  • 22. 

    Which of the following kinds of signal do we currently have the best chance of detecting with currently technology?

    • A.

      A signal used for communication between a civilization's home world and another star system

    • B.

      A signal used for communication between a civilization's home world and another planet in its own planetary system

    • C.

       an intentional signal beacon 

    • D.

      A signal used for local communication in the world where the intelligent beings exist

    Correct Answer
    C.  an intentional signal beacon 
    Explanation
    The best chance of detecting a signal with currently available technology would be an intentional signal beacon. This is because a signal beacon is specifically designed to be detectable and is likely to have a strong and distinct signal that can be picked up by our instruments. Communication signals between a civilization's home world and another star system or planet may not be intentionally designed to be detectable by other civilizations, making them harder to find. Local communication signals within the world where intelligent beings exist may also be difficult to detect as they may not be strong enough to be picked up from a distance.

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  • 23. 

    Which of the following signals from an advanced civilization would be easiest to detect?

    • A.

      Small amplitude, wide bandwidth

    • B.

      Large amplitude, narrow bandwidth

    • C.

      Small amplitude, narrow bandwidth

    • D.

      Large amplitude, wide bandwidth

    Correct Answer
    B. Large amplitude, narrow bandwidth
    Explanation
    A signal with large amplitude and narrow bandwidth would be easiest to detect from an advanced civilization. Large amplitude means that the signal is strong and can travel farther distances, making it more likely to be detected. Narrow bandwidth means that the signal is concentrated in a specific frequency range, making it easier to distinguish from background noise. This combination of characteristics increases the chances of detecting the signal and identifying it as a potential communication from an advanced civilization.

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  • 24. 

    Which type of electromagnetic radiation is able to carry the most information?

    • A.

      All types have equal ability 

    • B.

      Microwaves

    • C.

      Gamma rays

    • D.

      Radio waves

    Correct Answer
    A. All types have equal ability 
    Explanation
    All types of electromagnetic radiation have equal ability to carry information. This is because the amount of information that can be carried is determined by the frequency and bandwidth of the radiation. Each type of electromagnetic radiation, including microwaves, gamma rays, and radio waves, has a different frequency and bandwidth. However, they all have the potential to carry the same amount of information if properly modulated. Therefore, all types have equal ability to carry information.

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  • 25. 

    Which type of signal could carry the largest amount of information?

    • A.

      Small bandwidth

    • B.

      High intensity

    • C.

      Low intensity

    • D.

      Large bandwidth

    Correct Answer
    D. Large bandwidth
    Explanation
    A signal with a large bandwidth can carry the largest amount of information because bandwidth refers to the range of frequencies that a signal can transmit. A larger bandwidth allows for more frequencies to be transmitted, which in turn allows for a greater amount of information to be encoded and transmitted. Therefore, a signal with a large bandwidth has the capacity to carry more information compared to signals with smaller bandwidths.

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  • 26. 

    Why are radio waves probably the most efficient way to communicate between civilizations?

    • A.

      All advanced civilizations are certain to use radio waves for communication

    • B.

      Radio waves are the most penetrating of all electromagnetic radiations

    • C.

      Radio waves are easy to produce and are not affected much by interstellar matter in the galaxy 

    • D.

      Radio waves are the only kind of electromagnetic radiation that can carry information

    Correct Answer
    C. Radio waves are easy to produce and are not affected much by interstellar matter in the galaxy 
    Explanation
    Radio waves are probably the most efficient way to communicate between civilizations because they are easy to produce and are not affected much by interstellar matter in the galaxy. This means that radio waves can travel long distances without being significantly weakened or distorted, making them a reliable method of communication. Additionally, the fact that all advanced civilizations are certain to use radio waves for communication suggests that they have recognized the advantages of using radio waves in terms of ease of production and minimal interference.

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  • 27. 

    Why was the globular cluster M13 selected as the target for the 1974 Arecibo message?

    • A.

      Globular clusters are the most likely place to find stars with planetary systems

    • B.

       globular clusters are densely packed with stars, hence maximizing the probability of interception by an advanced civilization 

    • C.

      Stars in globular clusters are rich in heavy elements, the building blocks of life

    • D.

      Signals from advanced civilizations have previously been detected coming from this cluster

    Correct Answer
    B.  globular clusters are densely packed with stars, hence maximizing the probability of interception by an advanced civilization 
    Explanation
    The globular cluster M13 was selected as the target for the 1974 Arecibo message because globular clusters are densely packed with stars, which increases the likelihood of interception by an advanced civilization.

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  • 28. 

    Of the 4 factors in textbook's formulation of Drake Eqt, which is best known and which is least known?

    • A.

      Nhp, Fnow

    • B.

      Flife, Fnow

    • C.

      Flife, Fciv

    • D.

      Nhp, Flife

    Correct Answer
    A. Nhp, Fnow
    Explanation
    The best known factor in textbook's formulation of Drake Equation is Nhp, which stands for the number of habitable planets. This factor refers to the estimation of how many planets in the universe could potentially support life. On the other hand, the least known factor is Fnow, which represents the fraction of habitable planets where intelligent life has developed. This factor is uncertain and difficult to determine accurately as it relies on the existence of intelligent life forms in the universe.

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  • 29. 

    The EQ from some species has not increased w/ time. What can one best infer from this?

    • A.

      That the body mass must have decreased faster than the brain mass for the species

    • B.

      That the fossilization process causes the cranial capacity to shrink from its original size

    • C.

      That there must be an error in the calculation of brain mass in fossilized animals

    • D.

      That there is no survival advantage in a larger brain for this species

    Correct Answer
    D. That there is no survival advantage in a larger brain for this species
    Explanation
    One can infer that there is no survival advantage in having a larger brain for this species. This means that the species with unchanged EQ over time do not benefit from an increase in brain size in terms of survival or evolutionary success. This suggests that other factors, such as body mass or other physiological adaptations, may be more important for the survival and success of this species.

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  • 30. 

    That the eye has evolved independently in many species is referred to as:

    • A.

      Ecological Evolution

    • B.

      Convergent Evolution

    • C.

      Divergent Evolution

    • D.

      Occular Correspondence

    Correct Answer
    B. Convergent Evolution
    Explanation
    Convergent evolution refers to the phenomenon where unrelated species independently evolve similar traits or adaptations due to similar environmental pressures. In the case of the eye evolving independently in many species, it suggests that different species faced similar selective pressures that favored the development of visual organs. This convergence in eye evolution highlights the power of natural selection in shaping organisms to adapt to their environments.

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  • 31. 

    Who is/are best credited with launching humankind on a modern search for ETI?

    • A.

      Tesla

    • B.

      Marconi

    • C.

      Sagan

    • D.

      Cocconi and Morrison

    Correct Answer
    D. Cocconi and Morrison
    Explanation
    Cocconi and Morrison are best credited with launching humankind on a modern search for ETI. They published a groundbreaking paper in 1959 that proposed the idea of using radio waves to search for extraterrestrial intelligence (ETI). This paper laid the foundation for the field of SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) and sparked a renewed interest in the scientific community to actively search for signs of intelligent life beyond Earth. Their work paved the way for future advancements in the search for ETI and continues to inspire researchers in the field.

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  • 32. 

    What is NOT an advantage of radio waves in the search for intelligence?

    • A.

      Relatively simple and inexpensive to detect

    • B.

      Relatively unattenuated by gas and dust

    • C.

      Contains the lowest-noise portion of the EM spectrum

    • D.

      Relatively short wave lengths allow easier coding

    Correct Answer
    D. Relatively short wave lengths allow easier coding
    Explanation
    Radio waves with relatively short wavelengths actually make coding more difficult, not easier. Shorter wavelengths require more precise and complex coding techniques to transmit and receive information accurately. Therefore, this is not an advantage of radio waves in the search for intelligence.

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  • 33. 

    Which Lagrangian points would aliens be most likely to leave artifacts of their presence in?

    • A.

      L2 and L4

    • B.

      L1, L3, L5

    • C.

      L1, L2, and L3

    • D.

      L4 and L5

    Correct Answer
    D. L4 and L5
    Explanation
    Lagrangian points L4 and L5 are the most stable points in the Earth-Sun system, making them ideal locations for aliens to leave artifacts of their presence. These points are located on the same orbital path as the Earth, but 60 degrees ahead and behind the Earth. The stable nature of these points allows objects to remain relatively stationary with respect to the Earth and Sun, reducing the chances of them being disturbed or drifting away. Therefore, aliens would most likely choose L4 and L5 as the Lagrangian points to leave artifacts.

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  • 34. 

    The second most promising waveband after radio frequencies for searching for ETI is

    • A.

      X-ray

    • B.

      UV

    • C.

      Gravitational Waves

    • D.

      Optical

    Correct Answer
    D. Optical
    Explanation
    Optical is the second most promising waveband after radio frequencies for searching for extraterrestrial intelligence (ETI). Optical signals are in the visible light range, which is the part of the electromagnetic spectrum that humans can see. Optical signals have the advantage of being able to carry a large amount of information and can be easily detected and analyzed using advanced telescopes and instruments. Additionally, optical signals are less affected by interference and background noise compared to other wavebands, making them a favorable choice for searching for potential signals from ETI.

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  • 35. 

    Construction of a Dyson Sphere would be a project undertaken by which level of Kardashev Civilization?

    • A.

      Type III

    • B.

      Type II

    • C.

      Type I 

    • D.

      Type IV

    Correct Answer
    A. Type III
    Explanation
    A Dyson Sphere is a hypothetical megastructure that completely encompasses a star, harnessing its energy output. The construction of a Dyson Sphere would require an advanced civilization capable of harnessing the energy of an entire galaxy. According to the Kardashev scale, which measures a civilization's technological advancement based on its energy consumption, a Type III civilization is capable of harnessing the energy of an entire galaxy. Therefore, the correct answer is Type III.

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  • 36. 

    The "Water Hole" refers to:

    • A.

      Absorption in Earth's atmosphere in the Infrared part of the spectrum

    • B.

      The frequencies between 1 and 10 GHz

    • C.

      The frequencies between 1420 and 1720 MHz

    • D.

      The frequencies between 14.2 and 17.2 GHz

    Correct Answer
    C. The frequencies between 1420 and 1720 MHz
    Explanation
    The "Water Hole" refers to the frequencies between 1420 and 1720 MHz. This range is significant because it includes the frequency at which neutral hydrogen emits and absorbs radiation. This emission and absorption are important for radio astronomy as it allows scientists to study and detect signals from distant galaxies and cosmic phenomena. The term "Water Hole" is used because this frequency range coincides with the natural emission of water molecules, making it a "hole" in the radio spectrum where signals can be observed without much interference.

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