Earth History Unit Pre-assessment (Earth Science Regents)

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Earth History Unit Pre-Assessment (Earth Science Regents)


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  • 1. 
    A very large, circular impact crater beyond the east coast of Mexico is believed to be approximately 65 million years old.  This impact is inferred to be related to (Standard 1.2d):
    • A. 

      Alien attack

    • B. 

      Appearance of earliest trilobites

    • C. 

      Advance and retreat of the last continental ice sheet

    • D. 

      Formation of Pangaea

    • E. 

      Extinction of the dinosaurs

  • 2. 
    This question may require the use of the Earth Science Reference Tables.  The Devonian-aged siltstone shown in the photograph below occurs as surface bedrock near Hamilton, New York.  What does the presence of the fossils suggest about the Hamilton area during the Devonian? (Standard 1.2f):
    • A. 

      It had a terrestrial environment sometime between 443 and 418 million years ago.

    • B. 

      It had a terrestrial environment sometime between 418 and 362 million years ago.

    • C. 

      It had a marine environment sometime between 443 and 418 million years ago.

    • D. 

      It had a marine environment sometime between 418 and 362 million years ago.

    • E. 

      It had a terrestrial environment sometime between 65 million years ago and the present.

  • 3. 
    What caused the atmosphere to change through geologic time? (Standard 2.1j)
    • A. 

      The evolution of oxygen-producing organisms

    • B. 

      The formation of the tectonic plates

    • C. 

      The emergence of trilobites

    • D. 

      The deposition of soil during sedimentary rock formation

    • E. 

      Gravity

  • 4. 
    The diagram below shows an index fossil found in surface bedrock in some parts of New York State.  In which New York State landscape region is this gastropod fossil most likely found in the surface bedrock?  This question may require the Earth Science Reference Tables (Standard 1.2i).
    • A. 

      Allegheny Plateau

    • B. 

      Newark Lowlands

    • C. 

      Adirondack Mountains

    • D. 

      Tug Hill Plateau

    • E. 

      None of the Above

  • 5. 
    Human civilizations developed during which of the following periods of geologic time?  This question may require the Earth Science Reference Tables (Standard 1.2i).
    • A. 

      Triassic Period

    • B. 

      Jurassic Period

    • C. 

      Tertiary Period

    • D. 

      Quaternary Period

    • E. 

      Modern Period

  • 6. 
    6.    Which rock type is the oldest (Standard 1.2j):Type 1:Type 2:Type 3:Type 4:
    • A. 

      Type 1

    • B. 

      Type 2

    • C. 

      Type 3

    • D. 

      Type 4

    • E. 

      All of the rocks are the same age.

  • 7. 
    A fossil shell contains 25% of the original amount of its carbon-14.  Approximately how many years ago was this shell part of a living organism?  This question may require the Earth Science Reference Tables (Standard 1.2j).
    • A. 

      17,100 years ago

    • B. 

      22,800 years ago

    • C. 

      11,400 years ago

    • D. 

      5,700 years ago

    • E. 

      65 million years ago

  • 8. 
    Which inference is best supported by the rock and fossil record of New York State?  This question may require the Earth Science Reference Tables (Standard 2.1o).
    • A. 

      Eurypterids lived in shallow seas near present day Syracuse.

    • B. 

      The earliest coral reefs formed off the shore of present-day Long Island.

    • C. 

      Coelophysis wandered through the jungles near the present-day Albany.

    • D. 

      Condors nested in the Adirondack Mountains during the Grenville Orogeny.

    • E. 

      Wooly mammoths roamed Manhattan during the Precambrian.

  • 9. 
    Rate, on a scale of 1 – 4, 1 being the lowest and 4 being the highest, how much you already know about Earth's history.
  • 10. 
    Rate, on a scale of 1 – 4, 1 being the lowest and 4 being the highest, how interested are you in Earth’s history.
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