A Practice Quiz On Plate Tectonics

22 Questions | Total Attempts: 59

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Plate Tectonics Quizzes & Trivia

Use this quiz to study for the 'Earth's Interior' quiz.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What is the hottest layer in the Earth?
    • A. 

      Mantle

    • B. 

      Core

    • C. 

      Crust

  • 2. 
    What is the Earth's 'internal heat source'?
    • A. 

      Mantle

    • B. 

      Crust

    • C. 

      Core

  • 3. 
    What layer has convection currents?
    • A. 

      Inner core

    • B. 

      Crust

    • C. 

      Mantle

    • D. 

      Outer core

  • 4. 
    What causes the plates to move?
    • A. 

      Ocean currents

    • B. 

      Large machines

    • C. 

      Movement in the core

    • D. 

      Convection in the mantle

  • 5. 
    What are the pieces of the Earth's crust called?
    • A. 

      Rocks

    • B. 

      Plates

    • C. 

      Puzzle pieces

    • D. 

      Continents

  • 6. 
    The crust is
    • A. 

      Flexible

    • B. 

      A liquid and a solid

    • C. 

      Metallic

    • D. 

      Solid rock

  • 7. 
    What layer is under the crust?
    • A. 

      The inner core

    • B. 

      The mantle

    • C. 

      The outer core

    • D. 

      There is no layer below the crust

  • 8. 
    What layer is below the mantle?
    • A. 

      The outer core

    • B. 

      There is no layer below the mantle

    • C. 

      The inner core

    • D. 

      The crust

  • 9. 
    What layer is below the outer core?
    • A. 

      The crust

    • B. 

      The mantle

    • C. 

      The inner core

    • D. 

      There is no layer below the outer core

  • 10. 
    The core is
    • A. 

      ,made of rock

    • B. 

      Very cool

    • C. 

      Very hot

    • D. 

      Blue in color

  • 11. 
    A material similar to the mantle's material would be
    • A. 

      Wood

    • B. 

      Copper

    • C. 

      Silly putty

    • D. 

      Glass

  • 12. 
    If the Earth was a peach the pit would be the
    • A. 

      Mantle

    • B. 

      Core

    • C. 

      Crust

  • 13. 
    Who discovered the continental drift in 1912?
    • A. 

      Obama.

    • B. 

      Alfred Wegener.

    • C. 

      Albert Einstein.

    • D. 

      JJ Thompson.

  • 14. 
    The theory that describes the formation, movements, and interactions of these plates is called?
    • A. 

      Plate tectonics.

    • B. 

      The Lithosphere.

    • C. 

      Rift Valley.

    • D. 

      Volcanoes.

  • 15. 
    What was Wegener's evidence that continental drift actually happened?
    • A. 

      Fossils of Mesosaurus.

    • B. 

      Similarities in the shapes of Africa and South America.

    • C. 

      Distinctive rock formations.

    • D. 

      All of the above.

  • 16. 
    A boundary between two lithospheric plates that are moving apart is called?
    • A. 

      A rift.

    • B. 

      Rift valley.

    • C. 

      Divergent Boundary.

    • D. 

      Convergent Boundary.

  • 17. 
    A boundary between two plates that are moving toward each other is called?
    • A. 

      Divergent Boundary.

    • B. 

      Convergent Boundary.

    • C. 

      Subduction Boundary.

    • D. 

      Deep-sea trench.

  • 18. 
    A boundary between two plates that are sliding past eachother is called?
    • A. 

      Collision boundary.

    • B. 

      Fusion boundary.

    • C. 

      Sliding boundary.

    • D. 

      Transform boundary.

  • 19. 
    What layer is the thickest of Earths layers?
    • A. 

      Outer core

    • B. 

      Mantle

    • C. 

      Crust

    • D. 

      Inner core

  • 20. 
    How do we know about the interior of the Earth?
    • A. 

      We have sent robots down to the core

    • B. 

      We have giant ex-ray machines

    • C. 

      Earthquakes/seismic waves

    • D. 

      We have sensors that can take pictures of the layers

  • 21. 
    Geologists use the name ________ to refer to the giant landmass that existed 250 million years ago when all land was connected as one.
    • A. 

      Pangaea.

    • B. 

      Laurassia.

    • C. 

      Gondwana.

    • D. 

      Pathalassa.

  • 22. 
    Which type of convergent boundary creates mountains?
    • A. 

      Continental vs. continental

    • B. 

      Continental vs. oceanic

    • C. 

      Oceanic vs. oceanic

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