Quiz: Test Your Knowledge About Minerals!

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Quiz: Test Your Knowledge About Minerals!

This quiz will help you study for your minerals test


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Atoms arranged in a specific pattern will form a:
    • A. 

      Mineral

    • B. 

      Crystal

    • C. 

      Fracture

    • D. 

      Streak Plate

  • 2. 
    This mineral shows the property of:
    • A. 

      Cleavage

    • B. 

      Fracture

    • C. 

      Streak

    • D. 

      Fluoresence

  • 3. 
    The property in the picture that is being showcased is
    • A. 

      Fracture

    • B. 

      Cleavage

    • C. 

      Streak

    • D. 

      Hardness

  • 4. 
    The property in the picture that is demonstrated is
    • A. 

      Cleavage

    • B. 

      Fracture

    • C. 

      Streak

    • D. 

      Luster

  • 5. 
    Minerals may form on Earth’s surface when
    • A. 

      Magma heats a solution.

    • B. 

      Crystallization is delayed.

    • C. 

      Solutions evaporate.

    • D. 

      Pure metals are present.

  • 6. 
    A mineral with a hardness of 7 is rubbed against a piece of Apatite.  What will the result be?
    • A. 

      The Apatite will scratch the mineral

    • B. 

      The mineral will scratch the Apatite

    • C. 

      Both minerals will be scratched

    • D. 

      A diamond will form

  • 7. 
    Silky, waxy, and vitreous describe which physical properties of a mineral?
    • A. 

      Streak

    • B. 

      Hardness

    • C. 

      Color

    • D. 

      Luster

  • 8. 
    What is the least reliable way to identify a mineral?
    • A. 

      Streak

    • B. 

      Hardness

    • C. 

      Luster

    • D. 

      Color

  • 9. 
    You are walking along a trail.  Your foot catches the edge of something sticking out of the ground and you fall.  After brushing yourself off, you go and check out what tripped you. The culprit was what looks like a piece of glass.  After further examination, it wasn’t but it was a  mineral that stuck out of the ground.  It has some flat sides but is mostly uneven and chunky, indicating fracture.  You pull out your trusty streak plate and rub the mineral against it.  It leaves a white streak.  You then sneak up to a nearby house, and rub the mineral against a window.  The mineral scratches the window (hardness 5.5), which the occupants probably won’t be happy with. After cleaning it off, the luster is glassy.  What type of mineral nearly ruined your day?
    • A. 

      Biotite Mica

    • B. 

      Galena

    • C. 

      Quartz

    • D. 

      Graphite

  • 10. 
    Silica is a mineral that is commonly used to make:
    • A. 

      Glass

    • B. 

      Rubber

    • C. 

      Food Additives

    • D. 

      Paint

  • 11. 
    This mineral can be scratched with your fingernail.  What is it?
    • A. 

      Quartz

    • B. 

      Potassium Feldspar

    • C. 

      Gypsum

    • D. 

      Graphite