Chapter 12, Section 1: Continental Drift

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Chapter 12, Section 1: Continental Drift

This quiz assesses basic knowledge over the theory of continental drift.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The presence of the same __________________________ on several different continents supports the theory of continental drift.
    • A. 

      Rocks

    • B. 

      Fossils

    • C. 

      Neither a or b

    • D. 

      Both a and b

  • 2. 
    Who came up with the idea of continental drift?
    • A. 

      Harry Hess

    • B. 

      Alfred Wegener

    • C. 

      Albert Einstein

    • D. 

      Abraham Ortelius

  • 3. 
    Fossils of warm weather plants found in the Antarctic would be related to ___________________________.
    • A. 

      Rocks

    • B. 

      Sea floor spreading

    • C. 

      Climate

    • D. 

      Dinosaurs

  • 4. 
    The large super-continent that was thought to have existed was called ______________________________.
    • A. 

      Pangaea

    • B. 

      Mesosaurus

    • C. 

      Glossopteris

    • D. 

      Laurasia

  • 5. 
    The hypothesis that continents have slowly moved to their current location is called ______________________________________________.
    • A. 

      Seafloor spreading

    • B. 

      Continental slope

    • C. 

      Continental drift

    • D. 

      Convection current

  • 6. 
    Most scientists disagreed with Wegener's idea of drifting continents because _________________________________________________________________.
    • A. 

      He had come up with a lot of other bad ideas in his life time.

    • B. 

      He did not have enough evidence to support his theory.

    • C. 

      He was thought to have mental problems.

    • D. 

      He had too much evidence.

  • 7. 
    Rock clues were used to support the theory of continental drift because ______________________________________________________________.
    • A. 

      Similar rock structures were found on different continents.

    • B. 

      The Appalachian Mountains looked completely different than the mountains on Greenland.

    • C. 

      Fossils were found in the rocks.

    • D. 

      None of the above.

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