Trivia: Toughest Geology Quiz For Students!

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Trivia: Toughest Geology Quiz For Students!

Geology as a subject offers the learner the opportunity to learn more about the earth’s surface and the changes that it undergoes to appear as it is. Are you undertaking geology and think that you can tackle the quiz below with ease? Give it a shot and see if you may need to get a tutor before the exam time.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Fossils are made when...
    • A. 

      Minerals in the ground replace the dead thing as it breaks down

    • B. 

      Organisms are trapped in amber or asphalt, preserving their body.

    • C. 

      Traces of living organisms are found, such as burrows or footprints.

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 2. 
    The earth is 4.6 ______ years old
    • A. 

      Billion

    • B. 

      Mega-Million

    • C. 

      Trillion

    • D. 

      Million

  • 3. 
    Fossils are made when...
    • A. 

      Minerals in the ground replace the dead thing as it breaks down

    • B. 

      Organisms are trapped in amber or asphalt, preserving their body.

    • C. 

      Traces of living organisms are found, such as burrows or footprints.

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 4. 
    What statement best describes the principle of superposition
    • A. 

      Sediments are deposited as essentially horizontal layers

    • B. 

      Inclusions are older than the rocks they are contained in

    • C. 

      Sediments spread out in all directions when they are deposited

    • D. 

      Undisturbed sedimentary layers get younger from bottom to top

  • 5. 
    What is an unconformity
    • A. 

      A gap in the geologic record

    • B. 

      A sequence of deformed rocks

    • C. 

      A sedimentary layer of variable thickness

    • D. 

      A period of deposition

  • 6. 
    Human beings (homo sapiens) evolved during which geologic era?
    • A. 

      Precambrian

    • B. 

      Mesozoic

    • C. 

      Paleozoic

    • D. 

      Cenozoic

  • 7. 
    Identify the MANTLE on the diagram below.
    • A. 

      Layer A

    • B. 

      Layer B

    • C. 

      Layer C

    • D. 

      Layer D

  • 8. 
    Which layer is the coolest (in temperature)?
    • A. 

      Crust

    • B. 

      Mantle

    • C. 

      Inner Core

    • D. 

      Outer Core

  • 9. 
    The Precambrian Eon began and ended when?
    • A. 

      4.6 bya-570mya

    • B. 

      570 mya-250 mya

    • C. 

      250 mya-65mya

    • D. 

      65 mya-present day

  • 10. 
    A group of fossils fround together in only one layer of rock are called  _________ fossils?
    • A. 

      Level

    • B. 

      Index

    • C. 

      Main

    • D. 

      Frequent

  • 11. 
    The Paleozoic Era began and ended when?
    • A. 

      4.6 bya - 570 mya

    • B. 

      570 mya-250 mya

    • C. 

      250 mya-65 mya

    • D. 

      65 may-present day

  • 12. 
    Eras are broken into ___________.
    • A. 

      Epochs

    • B. 

      Periods

    • C. 

      Ages

    • D. 

      Eons

  • 13. 
    Which are the correct dates for the Precambrian Eon?
    • A. 

      250 mya-65 mya

    • B. 

      65 mya-present day

    • C. 

      4.6 bya-570mya

    • D. 

      570-mya-250mya

  • 14. 
    Which organism lived during the Precambrian Eon?
    • A. 

      Dinosaurs

    • B. 

      Trilobites

    • C. 

      Humans

    • D. 

      Bacteria

  • 15. 
    How old is the Earth?
    • A. 

      4,000 years old

    • B. 

      4.6 mya

    • C. 

      4.6 bya

    • D. 

      4,600 bya

  • 16. 
    The Precambrian Eon covers almost ____ percent of the Earth's history.
    • A. 

      70

    • B. 

      80

    • C. 

      90

    • D. 

      60

  • 17. 
    Periods are broken into _____?
    • A. 

      Eons

    • B. 

      Eras

    • C. 

      Ages

    • D. 

      Epochs

  • 18. 
    Which is in order from the largest to the smallest division of time?
    • A. 

      Ages, epochs, periods, eras, eon

    • B. 

      Epochs, periods, ages, eras, eon

    • C. 

      Eon, eras, periods, epochs, ages

    • D. 

      Eras, eons, periods, epochs, ages

  • 19. 
    The Paleozoic era lasted _____ million years.
    • A. 

      125

    • B. 

      225

    • C. 

      325

    • D. 

      425

  • 20. 
    During the Paleozoic Era, the Earth's interior _____.
    • A. 

      Cooled down

    • B. 

      Warmed up

  • 21. 
    Which took up about 90 percent of the Earth's history?
    • A. 

      Paleozoic

    • B. 

      Precambrian

  • 22. 
    Which of these is an Eon?
    • A. 

      Precambrian

    • B. 

      Mesozoic

    • C. 

      Cenozoic

    • D. 

      Paleozoic

  • 23. 
    Which is known as the "Age of Mammals"?
    • A. 

      Precambrian

    • B. 

      Paleozoic

    • C. 

      Mesozoic

    • D. 

      Cenozoic

  • 24. 
    Which is known as the "The Age of Reptiles"?
    • A. 

      Precambrian

    • B. 

      Paleooic

    • C. 

      Mesozoic

    • D. 

      Cenozoic

  • 25. 
    What are the dates of the Mesozoic Era?
    • A. 

      4.6 bya-570 mya

    • B. 

      570 -250 mya

    • C. 

      250-65 mya

    • D. 

      65 mya-today

  • 26. 
    Which had a very warm climate?
    • A. 

      Precambrian

    • B. 

      Paleozoic

    • C. 

      Mesozoic

    • D. 

      Cenozoic

  • 27. 
    Which is known as the "Age of Reptiles"?
    • A. 

      Precambrian

    • B. 

      Paleozoic

    • C. 

      Mesozoic

    • D. 

      Cenozoic

  • 28. 
    What are the dates of the Paleozoic Era?
    • A. 

      4.6 bya-570 mya

    • B. 

      570-250 mya

    • C. 

      250-65 mya

    • D. 

      65mya-today

  • 29. 
    Which had the first birds, mammals, deciduous trees, and flowering plants?
    • A. 

      Precambrian

    • B. 

      Paleozoic

    • C. 

      Mesozoic

    • D. 

      Cenozoic

  • 30. 
    Which had the first forests, spiders, and insects?
    • A. 

      Precambrian

    • B. 

      Paleozoic

    • C. 

      Mesozoic

    • D. 

      Cenozoic

  • 31. 
    Which had the super super continent of Pangea?
    • A. 

      Precambrian

    • B. 

      Paleozoic

    • C. 

      Mesozoic

    • D. 

      Cenozoic

  • 32. 
    Which time period first had an atmospere like we have today?
    • A. 

      Precambrian

    • B. 

      Paleozoic

    • C. 

      Mesozoic

    • D. 

      Cenozoic

  • 33. 
    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 
    • 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

  • 34. 
    What caused the atmosphere to change through geologic time? 
    • 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

  • 35. 
    Which of the following refers to the most recent era of geologic time?
    • A. 

      Paleozoic

    • B. 

      Cenozoic

    • C. 

      Jurassic

    • D. 

      Precambrian