Continental Drift Assessment 1-a, 2-a, 1-b, 2-b

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Continental Drift Assessment  1-a, 2-a, 1-b, 2-b - Quiz

This assessment will cover the concepts, essential questions and vocabulary studied in this unit.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Why can Polar Shift be the most catastrophic event for the earth?
  • 2. 
    Choose the answer below that BEST describes this image
    • A. 

      Mesosaurus lived in South America, India, Africa and Antarctica

    • B. 

      Glossopteris appeared in the fossil records of the entire continent

    • C. 

      Mesosaurus became extinct before the continent broke up.

    • D. 

      Both Glossopteris and Mesosaurus are trace fossils.

  • 3. 
    Take a look at this Image.   This is how Pangea MIGHT have looked 250 MYA.   What is the continent called that contains North America and Eurasia
    • A. 

      Gondwannaland

    • B. 

      Laurasia

    • C. 

      Thethys Sea

    • D. 

      Equator

  • 4. 
    T or F     A Divergent Boundary is causing the Rift Valley To form.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    Take a look at this image.    Choose the BEST answer(s) that provide evidence for Alfred Wegner's CONTINENTAL DRIFT THEORY.
    • A. 

      The continents fit together like a puzzle

    • B. 

      Messosaurus fossils appear in South America and Africa in relatively the same area

    • C. 

      The Tethys Sea was shallow and warm.

    • D. 

      Glossopteris fossils were discovered in all areas of the supercontinent.

  • 6. 
    Who proposed the theory of continental drift?
    • A. 

      Alfred Wegener

    • B. 

      Alfred

    • C. 

      Bob

    • D. 

      Annie Wegener

  • 7. 
    How long did it take for the continents to make it to their current postions?
    • A. 

      200 billion years

    • B. 

      3000 million years

    • C. 

      200 million years

  • 8. 
    What was the name of the super-continent?
    • A. 

      Pangeo

    • B. 

      Pang

    • C. 

      Pangea

  • 9. 
    What layer of the earth do tectonic plates occupy?
    • A. 

      Lithosphere

    • B. 

      Curst and Upper Mantle

    • C. 

      Asthenosphere

  • 10. 
    How many types of plate boundaries are there?
    • A. 

      2

    • B. 

      3

    • C. 

      2.5

    • D. 

      4

  • 11. 
    What boundary were the Himalayas created?
    • A. 

      Divergent

    • B. 

      Convergent

    • C. 

      Transform

  • 12. 
    If our exploration of other planets revealed that the planet MARS has "marsquakes" and infrequent emissions of gasses from volcanic eruptions, which of the following assumptions could scientists make? (Check all that apply)
    • A. 

      Mars possibly has crustal plates that are in motion.

    • B. 

      Mars has some type of convection activity beneath Mars' surface.

    • C. 

      Mars has surface features such as mountains that have changed over time..

    • D. 

      Mars has an inner core that is completely solid and immobile.

  • 13. 
    According to the following diagram, which of the below statements is true?
    • A. 

      Substantial evidence exists that supports the Pangaea did exist and eventually broke up into drifting continents.

    • B. 

      The break up of Pangaea is questionable.

    • C. 

      Antarctica has always been in a southern position and very cold.

    • D. 

      Glossopteris seeds can easily be dispersed over large masses of water.

  • 14. 
    According to this diagram, which direction will the continent move?
    • A. 

      Right

    • B. 

      Left

    • C. 

      The continent will NOT move

    • D. 

      South

    • E. 

      North

  • 15. 
    Which of the following best describes this diagram?
    • A. 

      Divergent plate boundary

    • B. 

      Oceanic-Oceanic Convergence

    • C. 

      Oceanic-Continental Convergence

    • D. 

      Continental-Continental Convergence

    • E. 

      Transform Fault

  • 16. 
    The following diagram can best be described as?
    • A. 

      A destructive mid-ocean ridge

    • B. 

      A constructive mid-ocean ridge

    • C. 

      A destructive trench

    • D. 

      A constructive trench

  • 17. 
    With the history of Alfred Wegener and his research to promote the continental drift theory, which of the following statements accurately describes the nature of science?
    • A. 

      Scientific ideas are not shared or discussed with others in the scientific community.

    • B. 

      Scientific ideas are never met with skepticism.

    • C. 

      Scientific ideas are subject to change with new evidence.

    • D. 

      Scientific ideas are facts.

  • 18. 
    Based on the following diagram, which of the following is true?
    • A. 

      Rocks near the ridge are 80 million years old.

    • B. 

      Rocks near the coastlines are less than 10 million years old

    • C. 

      Pangaea broke up approximately 180 million years ago.

    • D. 

      Continents have taken less than 100 million years to drift to their current positions.

  • 19. 
    Based on this diagram, which of the following conclusions can you make?
    • A. 

      Rocks near the Mid Atlantic Ridge are old.

    • B. 

      Rocks near the coastlines are young.

    • C. 

      The Mid Atlantic Ridge separated at uniform rates throughout history.

    • D. 

      Continents drifted away from the Mid Atlantic Ridge.

  • 20. 
    TRUE or FALSE Alfred Wegener's idea of continental drift was readily accepted upon first introduction.
    • A. 

      TRUE

    • B. 

      FALSE

  • 21. 
    Which of the following is evidence that supports continental drift?
    • A. 

      Mesosaurus fossils on South America and Africa

    • B. 

      Dinosaur fossils from the Mesozoic era

    • C. 

      Large sediment deposits on the ocean floor

    • D. 

      Plant fossils found in upper Africa

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