Explore Renewables: Grades 9-12

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9th Grade Quizzes & Trivia

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  • 1. 
    Most of the energy we use today in the United States comes from ________________.
    • A. 

      Fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas)

    • B. 

      The sun

    • C. 

      Wind

    • D. 

      Biomass

  • 2. 
    How is electricity generated?
    • A. 

      Copper wire spinning around a magnet

    • B. 

      Steam causing a turbine to rotate

    • C. 

      Flowing water forcing a turbine to spin

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 3. 
    What is the difference between solar thermal and solar photovoltaic energy?
    • A. 

      Solar photovoltaic panels can be installed on a roof while solar thermal panels cannot

    • B. 

      Solar thermal uses the heat from the sun to make electricity (or heat up water) and solar photovoltaics uses light from the sun to make electricity

    • C. 

      Solar phototovoltaics can be used to make electricity, but solar thermal cannot

    • D. 

      Solar photovoltaics is a renewable source of energy, but solar thermal is not

  • 4. 
    Which of the following is a barrier to using more renewable sources of energy?
    • A. 

      There isn’t enough possible renewable energy to serve human needs

    • B. 

      Biofuels require a lot of land and resources

    • C. 

      Modern wind farms aren’t financially competitive with fossil fuel power plants

    • D. 

      Oceans are too large for tidal power to be effective

  • 5. 
    What is "distributed generation?"
    • A. 

      Generating electricity from many small sources that are located close to customers

    • B. 

      A way to make electricity from algae found all over the world

    • C. 

      Generating electricity from a few large power plants located far away from customers

    • D. 

      Using long power lines to deliver electricity from coal power plants to keep pollution away from populated areas

  • 6. 
    Which of the following is a barrier to storing energy from renewable sources?
    • A. 

      Fuel cells pollute the atmosphere

    • B. 

      Today's energy batteries are expensive and heavy

    • C. 

      Scientists have not discovered any creative ways to store energy

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 7. 
    What is a "smart grid?"
    • A. 

      A type of fence that helps fish avoid hydroelectric dams

    • B. 

      A modern electrical grid that uses information technology to improve the efficiency and reliability of electricity production and distribution.

    • C. 

      The best way to arrange solar panels on a roof

    • D. 

      A map of all the geothermal hotspots in the United States

  • 8. 
    If we took away all of the current energy efficiency standards for buildings and appliances, we would need ________________ energy?
    • A. 

      More

    • B. 

      The same amount of

    • C. 

      Less

    • D. 

      The same amount but different forms of

  • 9. 
    True or false: We'll need a combination of renewable energy sources to move forward with a secure, sustainable energy supply.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False, our only way of reducing carbon dioxide emissions and slowing down climate change is to find one source of renewable energy that can cover all of our energy needs

  • 10. 
    Which of the following energy strategies will help ensure a long and healthy future for ourselves and our planet?
    • A. 

      Energy efficiency

    • B. 

      Demand response

    • C. 

      Renewable energy

    • D. 

      All of the above. This combination of strategies is called "Integrated Demand Side Management."

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