Chapter 4 Plate Tectonics

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Plate Tectonics Quizzes & Trivia

This test covers plate tectonics: Inside the Earth, Restless Continent (Pangaea), The Theory of Plate Tectonics (Convergent, Divergent, Transform Boundaries) and Deforming the Earth's Crust. The questions are multiple choice and geared toward the worksheets for each section of the chapter. TAKE YOUR TIME AND READ EACH QUESTION CAREFULLY BEFORE ANSWERING!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    • A. 

      Continental crust

    • B. 

      Oceanic crust

    • C. 

      Both continental and oceanic crust

    • D. 

      Mesosphere

  • 2. 
    What happens when rock is heated?
    • A. 

      Rock breaks

    • B. 

      Rock rises

    • C. 

      Rock sinks

    • D. 

      Rock become denser

  • 3. 
    What did Wegener call the single large landmass?
    • A. 

      Eurasia

    • B. 

      Gondwana

    • C. 

      Pangaea

    • D. 

      Laurasia

  • 4. 
    What discovery led scientists to accept Wegener's continental drift hypothesis?
    • A. 

      Seismographs

    • B. 

      Pangaea

    • C. 

      Sea-flooring spreading

    • D. 

      Magma

  • 5. 
     What is the Earth made of?
    • A. 

      Serveral layers

    • B. 

      Solid rock

    • C. 

      Hollow space

    • D. 

      One layer

  • 6. 
    • A. 

      Fossils in Souht America and Africa

    • B. 

      Magnetic minerals on the ocean floor

    • C. 

      Ancient climatic conditions

    • D. 

      The breakup of Pangaea

  • 7. 
    What is it called when parts of the Earth's crust rise?
    • A. 

      Downlift

    • B. 

      Subsidence

    • C. 

      Uplift

    • D. 

      Letdown

  • 8. 
    The deep interior of the Earth can be mapped using
    • A. 

      Seismic waves

    • B. 

      Sonar

    • C. 

      Information from drilling expeditions

    • D. 

      Ocean waves

  • 9. 
    What happens when rock cools?
    • A. 

      Rock breaks

    • B. 

      Rock rises

    • C. 

      Rock sinks

    • D. 

      Rock becomes denser

  • 10. 
    What can faults and folds become?
    • A. 

      A volcano

    • B. 

      Mid-ocean ridge

    • C. 

      Mountain range

    • D. 

      Tectonic plate

  • 11. 
    A possible result of plates moving along a transform boundary is
    • A. 

      Oceans

    • B. 

      Convection

    • C. 

      Earthquakes

    • D. 

      Sea-floor spreading

  • 12. 
    What do sceintist use to measure teconic plate movement?
    • A. 

      Clinometers

    • B. 

      Global positioning systems (GPS)

    • C. 

      Telescopes

    • D. 

      Seismographs

  • 13. 
    What do we call the amount of force placed on something?
    • A. 

      Drift

    • B. 

      Uplift

    • C. 

      Bending

    • D. 

      Stress

  • 14. 
    A rock layer fold that looks like an arch is called
    • A. 

      Anticline

    • B. 

      Monocline

    • C. 

      Syncline

    • D. 

      Bellcline

  • 15. 
    A rock layer fold that looks bent in the middle is called
    • A. 

      Bellcline

    • B. 

      Monocline

    • C. 

      Syncline

    • D. 

      Anticline

  • 16. 
    When the hanging wall moves downward against the footwall it is a
    • A. 

      Normal fault

    • B. 

      Reverse fault

    • C. 

      Strike-slip fault

    • D. 

      Yourfaultnotmyfault

  • 17. 
    What is it called when parts of Earth's crust sink?
    • A. 

      Uplift

    • B. 

      Subsidence

    • C. 

      Rebound

    • D. 

      Letdown

  • 18. 
    A fault block you could hang from on a rope is called?
    • A. 

      Ropecline

    • B. 

      Hanging wall

    • C. 

      Footwall

    • D. 

      Fault

  • 19. 
    What are large pieces of lithosphere that move on top of the asthenosphere called?
    • A. 

      Mantle pieces

    • B. 

      Crust plates

    • C. 

      Tectonic plates

    • D. 

      Puzzle pieces

  • 20. 
    What causes seismic waves?
    • A. 

      Tidal Wave

    • B. 

      Volcanoes

    • C. 

      Earthquakes

    • D. 

      Tornadoes

  • 21. 
    The process of Eath's magnetic poles changing places is called
    • A. 

      Continental drift

    • B. 

      Magnetic minerals

    • C. 

      Magnetic reversal

    • D. 

      Fossils

  • 22. 
    How do tectonic plates fit together?
    • A. 

      Like a layer cake

    • B. 

      Like a jigsaw puzzle

    • C. 

      Like a stack of books

    • D. 

      Like a model car

  • 23. 
    What type of mountains are formed when magma rises to Earth's surface and erupts?
    • A. 

      Folded mountains

    • B. 

      Fault-block mountains

    • C. 

      Volcanic mountains

    • D. 

      Strike-slip mountains

  • 24. 
    The surface along which rocks break and slide past each other is called?
    • A. 

      Hanging wall

    • B. 

      Fault

    • C. 

      Footwall

    • D. 

      Compression

  • 25. 
    What is a place where tectonic plates touch called?
    • A. 

      Collision

    • B. 

      Division

    • C. 

      Boundary

    • D. 

      Separation