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Let us face it exams are a little nerve, and one can never be sure as to whether they are adequately prepared for them. This quiz will give you a preview of what the Earth Science Semester exam will look like for the fall semester. Why don’t you try it out and get a clear view of what score you might get?


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  • 1. 
    Igneous rock is classified by...
    • A. 

      The location where its magma cools

    • B. 

      The amount of silica in magma

    • C. 

      The structure of the formation

    • D. 

      Whether or not it is foliated

    • E. 

      Its color

  • 2. 
    This type of rock feature suggest the environment it was formed in had a change in sea level
    • A. 

      Stratification

    • B. 

      Cross-beds/graded bedding

    • C. 

      Ripple marks

    • D. 

      Mud cracks

    • E. 

      Fossils

  • 3. 
    Extrusive rocks typically form this type of texture:
    • A. 

      Coarse-grained

    • B. 

      Porphyritic

    • C. 

      Vesicular

    • D. 

      Fine-grained

    • E. 

      Conglomerate

  • 4. 
    This type of rock feature suggest the environment it was formed in was once wet, but dried up quickly
    • A. 

      Stratification

    • B. 

      Cross-beds/graded-bedding

    • C. 

      Ripple marks

    • D. 

      Mud cracks

    • E. 

      Fossils

  • 5. 
    Rocks that form from the hardening of magma are called…
    • A. 

      Igneous rocks

    • B. 

      Metamorphic rocks

    • C. 

      Clastic rocks

    • D. 

      Organic sedimentary rocks

    • E. 

      Mafic rocks

  • 6. 
    Metamorphic rock is classified by…
    • A. 

      The location where its magma cools

    • B. 

      The amount of silica in the magma

    • C. 

      The structure of formation

    • D. 

      Whether or not it is foliated

    • E. 

      Its color

  • 7. 
    Rocks that form from cementation and compaction of sediments are called…
    • A. 

      Igneous rocks

    • B. 

      Metamorphic rocks

    • C. 

      Sedimentary rocks

    • D. 

      Mafic rocks

  • 8. 
    Intrusive rocks typically form this type of texture
    • A. 

      Coarse-grained

    • B. 

      Porphyritic

    • C. 

      Vesicular

    • D. 

      Fine-grained

    • E. 

      Conglomerate

  • 9. 
    Rocks that form from transformation due to pressure and heat are called
    • A. 

      Igneous rocks

    • B. 

      Metamorphic rocks

    • C. 

      Clastic rocks

    • D. 

      Sedimentary rocks

    • E. 

      Mafic rocks

  • 10. 
    We tend to find these types of rocks surrounding intrusive igneous rocks
    • A. 

      Metamorphic rocks

    • B. 

      Clastic rocks

    • C. 

      Sedimentary rocks

    • D. 

      Organic rocks

    • E. 

      Mafic rocks

  • 11. 
    This type of energy uses moving water, whether created by damning or using local rivers, to turn a turbine and create electricity.
    • A. 

      Hydro-electric power

    • B. 

      Fossil fuels

    • C. 

      Tidal power

    • D. 

      Wave power

    • E. 

      Geothermal power

    • F. 

      Nuclear power

  • 12. 
    This type of resource is created from the remains of plants that are buried in swamps with an absence of oxygen. Over years and years of increased sediment, which increases pressure and temperature, you end up with this resource.
    • A. 

      Uranium

    • B. 

      Coal

    • C. 

      Petroleum

    • D. 

      Gasoline

    • E. 

      Biofuel

  • 13. 
    This type of mining strips away overlaying rock to get at ores below the surface
    • A. 

      Placer

    • B. 

      Subsurface

    • C. 

      Surface

    • D. 

      Undersea

    • E. 

      Geomining

  • 14. 
    This is a natural material whose concentration of economic value is high enough to be mined
    • A. 

      Mineral

    • B. 

      Ore

    • C. 

      Gold

    • D. 

      Element

  • 15. 
    This type of resource is created from the remains of microorganisms and plants that died in shallow oceans and lakes. Over years and years of being buried by sediment, and heat and pressure transform the remains into this type of resource.
    • A. 

      Uranium

    • B. 

      Coal

    • C. 

      Petroleum

    • D. 

      Gasoline

    • E. 

      Biofuel

  • 16. 
    This type of energy taps into the thermal energy generated and stored in the Earth's crust.
    • A. 

      Solar power

    • B. 

      Geothermal power

    • C. 

      Nuclear power

    • D. 

      Fossil fuels

    • E. 

      Tidal power

    • F. 

      Hydro-electric power

  • 17. 
    This type of resource is turned into ethanol, which is produced from naturally grown plant matter (such as soybean).
    • A. 

      Uranium

    • B. 

      Coal

    • C. 

      Petroleum

    • D. 

      Gasoline

    • E. 

      Biofuel

  • 18. 
    This type of resource is most commonly used to produce nuclear fission by bombarding this resource with neutrons.
    • A. 

      Uranium

    • B. 

      Coal

    • C. 

      Petroleum

    • D. 

      Gasoline

    • E. 

      Biofuel

  • 19. 
    This type of mining takes place in rivers and creeks. They tend to use buckets, pans, or in the modern world, machines to scoop up the sediment and shift through it.
    • A. 

      Placer

    • B. 

      Subsurface

    • C. 

      Surface

    • D. 

      Undersea

    • E. 

      Geomining

  • 20. 
    This type of energy uses the process of splitting nuclei of heavy atoms to get energy in return
    • A. 

      Wave power

    • B. 

      Geothermal power

    • C. 

      Fossil fuels

    • D. 

      Nuclear power

    • E. 

      Tidal power

  • 21. 
    This type of power uses a resource that is considered to be non-renewable
    • A. 

      Wave power

    • B. 

      Geothermal power

    • C. 

      Nuclear power

    • D. 

      Tidal power

    • E. 

      Wind power

    • F. 

      Hydro-electric power

  • 22. 
    An area when two tectonic plates are moving away from each other.
    • A. 

      Convergent boundary

    • B. 

      Divergent boundary

    • C. 

      Transform boundary

    • D. 

      Subduction zone

    • E. 

      Rift zone

  • 23. 
    This plate boundary creates volcanic islands (island arc)
    • A. 

      Convergent oceanic-continetal

    • B. 

      Convergent oceanic-oceanic

    • C. 

      Convergent continental-continental

    • D. 

      Divergent

    • E. 

      Transform

  • 24. 
    Earthquakes are common at this boundary
    • A. 

      Convergent oceanic-continental

    • B. 

      Convergent continental-continental

    • C. 

      Convergent oceanic-oceanic

    • D. 

      Divergent

    • E. 

      Transform

  • 25. 
    This plate boundary creates high (folded) mountains
    • A. 

      Convergent oceanic-continental

    • B. 

      Convergent continental-continental

    • C. 

      Convergent oceanic-oceanic

    • D. 

      Divergent

    • E. 

      Transform

  • 26. 
    This is when two tectonic plates collide.
    • A. 

      Convergent boundary

    • B. 

      Divergent boundary

    • C. 

      Transform boundary

    • D. 

      Subduction zone

    • E. 

      Rift zone (valley

  • 27. 
    This type of area is where a denser oceanic crust sinks under a less dense crust.
    • A. 

      Convergent boundary

    • B. 

      Divergent boundary

    • C. 

      Transform boundary

    • D. 

      Subduction zone

    • E. 

      Rift zone

  • 28. 
    Sea floor spreading takes place at this boundary
    • A. 

      Convergent oceanic-continental

    • B. 

      Convergent continental-continental

    • C. 

      Convergent oceanic-oceanic

    • D. 

      Divergent

    • E. 

      Transform

  • 29. 
    This type of area forms where two plates separate
    • A. 

      Convergent boundary

    • B. 

      Divergent boundary

    • C. 

      Transform boundary

    • D. 

      Subduction zone

    • E. 

      Rift zone (valley)

  • 30. 
    This plate boundary creates an ocean or sea between two continents
    • A. 

      Convergent oceanic-continental

    • B. 

      Convergent continental-continental

    • C. 

      Convergent oceanic-oceanic

    • D. 

      Divergent

    • E. 

      Transform

  • 31. 
    This area is when two plates slide past each other.
    • A. 

      Convergent boundary

    • B. 

      Divergent boundary

    • C. 

      Transform boundary

    • D. 

      Subduction zone

    • E. 

      Rift zone (valley)

  • 32. 
    This plate boundary creates volcanic mountains
    • A. 

      Convergent oceanic-continental

    • B. 

      Convergent continental-continental

    • C. 

      Convergent oceanic-oceanic

    • D. 

      Divergent

    • E. 

      Transform

  • 33. 
    The theory of plate tectonics was developed in the
    • A. 

      1960s

    • B. 

      1800s

    • C. 

      1920s

    • D. 

      1750s

  • 34. 
    Which of the following was not evidence for continental drift:
    • A. 

      Fossils evidence

    • B. 

      Rock evidence

    • C. 

      Climate evidence

    • D. 

      Glacial evidence

    • E. 

      Tidal evidence

  • 35. 
    Minerals must be naturally occurring
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 36. 
    Liquid water is a mineral
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 37. 
    Ice is a mineral
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 38. 
    Iron is always solid at room temperature
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False