An Intermediate Level Geology Exam Practice Test

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An Intermediate Level Geology Exam Practice Test

This is an intermediate level geology exam practice test. Exams are put in place to ensure that we are up to date with the things we need to know to be good at our professions. Do you have a dream of becoming a geologist in the near future but have been having a hard time reading up for the exams? The quiz below is for the pro-level students, and it is perfect for refreshing your memory.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    In order to begin reasoning as a scientist you should
    • A. 

      State your purpose in broad vague terms

    • B. 

      Distinguish your purpose from related purposes

    • C. 

      Never check if you are on target

    • D. 

      Choose grandiose unattainable scientific purposes

  • 2. 
    The magnitude or size of Hazards and the number of injured can be attributed to a large amount of ______ and the number of  _____ involved
    • A. 

      Water, animals

    • B. 

      Energy, people

    • C. 

      Sunlight and continents

    • D. 

      Energy, galaxies

  • 3. 
    Since scientific reasoning is based on assumptions, its best to/that
    • A. 

      Assumptions have nothing to do with reasoning

    • B. 

      Clearly identify your assumptions

    • C. 

      Forget how your assumptions are shaping your point of view

    • D. 

      Never assume anything

  • 4. 
    What is a hypothesis?
    • A. 

      Suggested explanation for facts based on insight

    • B. 

      Subject to future rejection or alteration

    • C. 

      Tested with observations and experiments

    • D. 

      All of these

  • 5. 
    What is a Hazard?
    • A. 

      The potential threat to humans and the things they value

    • B. 

      The potential for loss

    • C. 

      The probability of an event happening

    • D. 

      The realization of an event with wide spread losses

  • 6. 
    What is a disaster?
    • A. 

      The potential for loss

    • B. 

      The potential threat to humans and the things they value

    • C. 

      The realization of a hazard with wide spread loses

    • D. 

      The probability of an event occurring

  • 7. 
    What is Risk?
    • A. 

      The potential threat to humans and the things they value

    • B. 

      The potential for loss

    • C. 

      The probability of an event happening

    • D. 

      The realization of an event with wide spread loses

  • 8. 
    What is Vulnerability?
    • A. 

      The potential threat to humans and their stuff

    • B. 

      The probability of an event happening

    • C. 

      The realization of an event with wide spread losses

    • D. 

      The potential for loss

  • 9. 
    When using scientific date, information, and evidence, you should
    • A. 

      Restrict claims to those supported by the data

    • B. 

      Search for data that opposes your position

    • C. 

      Make sure data used is clear, accurate, and relevant

    • D. 

      All of these

  • 10. 
    Deaths due to hazards are increasing.  This is because
    • A. 

      Human population is increasing

    • B. 

      We have more stuff

    • C. 

      Hazards are increasing

    • D. 

      Vulnerability is less from risk

  • 11. 
    Inferences or interpretations of scientific reasoning can be evaluated by
    • A. 

      Inferring whatever you believe the data implies

    • B. 

      Checking them for their consistency with each other

    • C. 

      Ignoring assumptions which lead you to your conclusions

    • D. 

      All of these are correct

  • 12. 
    Over longer time periods, solids may behave as a liquid as a result of 
    • A. 

      Brittle behavior

    • B. 

      Ductile behavior

    • C. 

      Elastic behavior

    • D. 

      Solids never behave as a liquid

  • 13. 
    To determine the implications and consequences associated with scientific reasoning
    • A. 

      Implications and consequences that follow from data and reasoning are not needed

    • B. 

      Search for negative as well as positive implications

    • C. 

      Consider only the possible implications that show your reasoning as correct

    • D. 

      All of these

  • 14. 
    Hazards like hurricanes and earthquakes are
    • A. 

      Always a hazard

    • B. 

      Hazards when they occur on land

    • C. 

      Dangerous when mitigation is high

    • D. 

      Only become hazards when they interact with humans

  • 15. 
    Fires and floods are
    • A. 

      Always bad

    • B. 

      Always good

    • C. 

      Mostly neutral in nature

    • D. 

      None of these

  • 16. 
    In general, the smaller and less energetic the disaster event
    • A. 

      The shorter the return period between events

    • B. 

      The longer the return period between events

    • C. 

      Return periods have nothing to do with disasters

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 17. 
    The return period of a disaster is the average number of years before/between:
    • A. 

      Survivors return to their homes

    • B. 

      The economy returns to pre-disaster levels

    • C. 

      Same-sized events

    • D. 

      Events of the same type, regardless of size

  • 18. 
    A primary energy source/s that fuel Earth processes is/are
    • A. 

      Impact of terrestrial bodies

    • B. 

      Gravity

    • C. 

      The sun

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 19. 
    Earth tides are caused by
    • A. 

      Differences in gravitational pull from one part of Earth to another

    • B. 

      Similarities in gravitational pull from one part of Moon to another

    • C. 

      The accretion of planets

    • D. 

      Tide detergent

  • 20. 
    Using the decay of radioactive isotopes scientist
    • A. 

      Can predict the rotation of the earth

    • B. 

      Can determine gravitational attraction

    • C. 

      Can determine the internal heat of the earth

    • D. 

      Use it as a clock to date rocks

  • 21. 
    The age of the Earth is about_____
    • A. 

      10 million years

    • B. 

      100 million years

    • C. 

      1000 million years

    • D. 

      4500 million years

  • 22. 
    The solar system and planets evolved from a turbulent
    • A. 

      Static cloud of material surrounding the planet

    • B. 

      Thin band of material surrounding the stars

    • C. 

      Rotating cloud of material surrounding the sun

    • D. 

      There is no universe it is all a fabrication of the mind

  • 23. 
    An underlying principle of isostasy is 
    • A. 

      More dense materials float on top of less dense materials

    • B. 

      Less dense material float on top of more dense materials

    • C. 

      Weaker materials float on top of stronger materials

    • D. 

      Stronger materials float on top of weaker materials

  • 24. 
    As radioactive isotopes of atoms decay, energy is____
    • A. 

      Absorbed

    • B. 

      Released

    • C. 

      Neither absorbed nor released

    • D. 

      May be absorbed or released, depending on which isotope is involved in the decay

  • 25. 
    The moon is currently believed to have formed by collision of a 
    • A. 

      Asteroid-sized body with the Earth

    • B. 

      Mars-sized body with the Earth

    • C. 

      Sun-sized body with the Earth

    • D. 

      Molecule-sized body with the Earth