Environmental Science Practice Quiz 1

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Environmental Science Quizzes & Trivia

If you find yourself studying environmental science, be it in high school or college, there’s a good chance you’ll be overwhelmed by all the information coming your way at first. This Environmental Science Practice Quiz 1 aims to help you grip the basics of the topic right from the start.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    True or False:  One of the earliest models for conservation in the United States was based on Utilitarian Conservation, for which Nature was conserved not to protect biodiversity, but to provide jobs and resources.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 2. 
    • A. 

      People confronted by poverty use more resources than those not confronted by poverty

    • B. 

      People faced with immediate survival needs often have no choice but to overharvest resources

    • C. 

      People impacted by poverty often horde resources

    • D. 

      Poverty has little or no impact on the environment

  • 3. 
    Which of the following is not a basic principle of science?
    • A. 

      We can learn through observation

    • B. 

      Nothing can be absolutely proven

    • C. 

      Both of the above are basic scientific principles

  • 4. 
    The smallest particle exhibiting the characteristics of an element is a/an
    • A. 

      Atom

    • B. 

      Molecule

    • C. 

      Isotope

    • D. 

      Ion

  • 5. 
    Which of the following does not apply to manipulative experiments?
    • A. 

      Extraneous variables are held constant.

    • B. 

      Most experiments are done in the laboratory.

    • C. 

      They are useful for studying large scale geologic forces.

    • D. 

      Speculation.

  • 6. 
    In science a theory is
    • A. 

      Simply someone's opinion.

    • B. 

      A tentative explanation, comparable to a hypothesis.

    • C. 

      An explanation supported by a substantial body of evidence.

    • D. 

      Speculation.

  • 7. 
    Scientific paradigms can be characterized by all of the following EXCEPT which one?
    • A. 

      Once agreed upon they remain unchanged forever.

    • B. 

      Are broad patterns of thought that guide thinking.

    • C. 

      Influence how we interpret evidence.

    • D. 

      Determine which questions we understand to be relevant to issues at hand.

  • 8. 
    The conservation of matter principle is that matter
    • A. 

      Is composed of atoms and molecules.

    • B. 

      Cannot be created, destroyed, nor changed in form.

    • C. 

      Must be used carefully or earth will eventually run out.

    • D. 

      Can neither be created nor destroyed.

  • 9. 
    Cellular respiration is the process by which organisms
    • A. 

      Release energy from sugar for metabolic use.

    • B. 

      Create complex organic molecules from simple molecules.

    • C. 

      Convert heat to chemical bond energy for metabolic work.

    • D. 

      Do more than one of the above.