Lightning Quiz

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The Lightning Thief Quizzes & Trivia

A quick quiz on Ligntning based on the book entitled Lightning by Peter Murray.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    A sudden, violent movement of electrons.
    • A. 

      Thunder

    • B. 

      Electrons

    • C. 

      Lightning

    • D. 

      Electricity

  • 2. 
    Very tiny, negatively charged particles.
    • A. 

      Atoms

    • B. 

      Protons

    • C. 

      Sparks

    • D. 

      Electrons

  • 3. 
    When electrons move through a metal wire, they are not visible.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    When electrons jump through the air, we see a spark.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    Electrons cool the air and make it glow.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    What is lightning?
    • A. 

      A sudden, violent movement of electrons

    • B. 

      A giant electric spark

    • C. 

      One of nature's most powerful forces.

    • D. 

      All of the above.

  • 7. 
    A single bolt of lightning is hotter than the surface of the sun.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    What causes lightning?
    • A. 

      When the natural electricity in the cloud is out of balance.

    • B. 

      Ice crystals ad water droplets swirl around each other, water droplets are blown up to the top of the cloud where it is very cold and create hailstones. The hailstones fall and crash into each other and creates a negative electrical charge. The top cloud, the smaller ice crystals are left with a positive electrical charge.

    • C. 

      The negatively charged electrons in the bottom of the cloud are pulled toward the positively charged particles in the top of the cloud.

    • D. 

      All of the above.

  • 9. 
    A single bolt of lightning might be several miles long and contain how many electrons?
    • A. 

      156 million

    • B. 

      156 quintillion

    • C. 

      156 billion

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 10. 
    Lightning helps restore the natural electrical balance in the clouds.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 11. 
    Where is the best place to be during a thunderstorm?
    • A. 

      Under a tree

    • B. 

      Inside a car

    • C. 

      Inside a building

    • D. 

      Both B and C

  • 12. 
    This type of lightning is the most dangerous.
    • A. 

      When a netrual electrical charge builds up on the ground it makes the electrons in the thundercloud discharge into the sun.

    • B. 

      When a negative electrical charge builds up on the ground it makes the electrons in the thundercloud discharge into the earth.

    • C. 

      When a positive electrical charge builds up on the ground it makes the electrons in the thundercloud discharge into the earth.

  • 13. 
    Lightning never strikes the same place twice.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 14. 
    What does lightning look like?
    • A. 

      A jagged bar of light. It flashes for a long time and then it is gone.

    • B. 

      A jagged bar of light. It flashes for a second and then it is gone.

    • C. 

      A thin stream of electrons, as big around as a piece of string, shoots down from the clouds.

    • D. 

      Both A and C.

    • E. 

      Both B and C.

  • 15. 
    When the electron stream branches off, like the limbs of an upside-down tree, the branching electron stream is called a____________.
    • A. 

      Step Ladder

    • B. 

      Stepped Leader

    • C. 

      Step Down

    • D. 

      Step up

  • 16. 
    When the stepped leader gets closer to the ground, a stream of positively charged particles rises to meet it.  This is called what?
    • A. 

      Upward Bound

    • B. 

      Upward steam

    • C. 

      Downward Steamer

    • D. 

      Upward Streamer

  • 17. 
    What is formed when an Upward Streamer and a Stepped Leader meet?
    • A. 

      Lightning Channel

    • B. 

      Thunder and Lightning Channel

    • C. 

      Thunder Channel.

  • 18. 
    How many electrons race through a lightning channel?
    • A. 

      Thousands and thousands

    • B. 

      Millions and millions

    • C. 

      Billions and billions

  • 19. 
    What is thunder?
    • A. 

      The sudden heat of the lightning makes the moist air rotate fast.

    • B. 

      Both C and D.

    • C. 

      The explosion from sudden heat.

    • D. 

      The sudden heat of the lightning makes the moist air explode outward.

  • 20. 
    Once you see lightning, and count how many seconds it takes to hear thunder.....how many seconds count as a mile?
    • A. 

      60 seconds

    • B. 

      5 seconds

    • C. 

      1 minute

  • 21. 
    Which type of lightning can be see from far away, but not heard?
    • A. 

      Heat Lightning

    • B. 

      Ribbon Lightning

    • C. 

      Ball Lightning

  • 22. 
    Which type of lightning occurs during windy storms?  The wind spreads out the lightning channel, making it wider.
    • A. 

      Heat Lightning

    • B. 

      Ribbon Lightning

    • C. 

      Ball Lightning

  • 23. 
    Which type of lightning looks like a glowing ball the size of a melon, floating through the air?You never know when this lightning will occur.
    • A. 

      Ribbon Lightning

    • B. 

      Ball Lightning

    • C. 

      Heat Lightning

  • 24. 
    Formed when lightning hits a sandy area and the heat from the bolt melts the sand into glass.
    • A. 

      Glass crystals

    • B. 

      Fulgurites

    • C. 

      Sand Crystals

  • 25. 
    Why is lightning important?
    • A. 

      It keeps the Earth's electrical field in balance.

    • B. 

      It produces ozone gas.

    • C. 

      It helps to clean our air.

    • D. 

      All of the above.

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