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Environment Quizzes & Trivia

This quiz is designed to test students' knowledge of the impact humans have on the environment.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which is an example of a non-renewable resource?
    • A. 

      Coal

    • B. 

      Wood

    • C. 

      Wheat

  • 2. 
    How can recycling reduce pollution?
    • A. 

      Recycled products emit oxygen into the atmosphere.

    • B. 

      Recycling plastic reduces the number of trees that need to be cut down.

    • C. 

      It allows resources to be reused, instead of dumped in landfills.

  • 3. 
    How does buying less stuff benefit the environment?
    • A. 

      If everyone does it, fewer resources will be used.

    • B. 

      Every time you don't buy something, a new tree is planted.

    • C. 

      It reduces the need for paper money, which saves trees.

  • 4. 
    What is the best way to reduce the waste you produce?
    • A. 

      Ask your parents to buy you a car.

    • B. 

      Use only electric appliances.

    • C. 

      Use less electricity and fuel.

  • 5. 
    What might happen if there are too many people on Earth?
    • A. 

      There might not be enough food and water for everyone.

    • B. 

      There might not be enough room to move around.

    • C. 

      The continents might sink into the oceans.

  • 6. 
    Which is the easiest way to conserve natural resources?
    • A. 

      Stop using electricity entirely.

    • B. 

      Don't use any products made from trees.

    • C. 

      Bike or walk instead of using a car.

  • 7. 
    What does "sustainable" mean?
    • A. 

      Available to everyone.

    • B. 

      Capable of being used for a long time.

    • C. 

      Related to light and heat.

  • 8. 
    Why do plastic identification numbers exist?
    • A. 

      To help separate different types of recyclable plastics.

    • B. 

      To identify where certain plastics are made.

    • C. 

      To determine how many people use each type of plastic.

  • 9. 
    What would most likely happen without recycling?
    • A. 

      The planet would run out of natural resources more slowly.

    • B. 

      More jobs would be created.

    • C. 

      Landfills would fill up faster.

  • 10. 
    Which is an example of biomass energy?
    • A. 

      A coal-burning generator.

    • B. 

      A wood-burning stove.

    • C. 

      A gasoline-burning car.

  • 11. 
    What type of resource is used to create "hydroelectricity"?
    • A. 

      Coal

    • B. 

      Water

    • C. 

      Gas

  • 12. 
    Where can you find carbon?
    • A. 

      Only in space.

    • B. 

      Inside water molecules.

    • C. 

      In every living thing.

  • 13. 
    Which event led to a major increase in carbon being released into the atmosphere?
    • A. 

      The Industrial Revolution

    • B. 

      The Civil War

    • C. 

      The American Revolution

  • 14. 
    How do carbon emissions lead to global warming?
    • A. 

      By causing very hot volcanic eruptions.

    • B. 

      By trapping the sun's heat within the atmosphere.

    • C. 

      By catching fire within the atmosphere.

  • 15. 
    What could happen if we don't reduce the amount of fossil fuels we burn?
    • A. 

      The pace of global warming might increase.

    • B. 

      We might run out of fossil fuels

    • C. 

      Both A and B

  • 16. 
    What is a wind farm?
    • A. 

      A group of wind turbines that converts wind into electricity.

    • B. 

      A farm where the wind blows seeds into the ground for the next harvest.

    • C. 

      A geological formation where wind blows out of the ground.

  • 17. 
    One ozone molecule contains three _________ of oxygen?
    • A. 

      Electrons

    • B. 

      Atoms

    • C. 

      Ounces

  • 18. 
    Cigarette smoke and UV radiation are bad for you because they are carcinogenic. What does "carcinogenic" mean?
    • A. 

      Against the law

    • B. 

      Molecular

    • C. 

      Cancer-causing

  • 19. 
    If the polar ice caps melt, which state would be most affected?
    • A. 

      New Mexico

    • B. 

      Florida

    • C. 

      Minnesota

  • 20. 
    How can planting trees help reduce global warming?
    • A. 

      Trees soak up carbon dioxide and emit oxygen.

    • B. 

      Trees soak up oxygen and emit carbon dioxide.

    • C. 

      Trees provide shade that helps people and animals cool off.

  • 21. 
    Which would be the best way to reduce the amount of methane released into the atmosphere?
    • A. 

      Reduce the amount of gasoline we use.

    • B. 

      Making sure to prevent forest fires.

    • C. 

      Reducing the number of cows we raise.

  • 22. 
    Which of the following is a true statement about air pollution?
    • A. 

      Air pollution never affects rural areas.

    • B. 

      Air pollution is worse in areas with many homes, cars, and factories.

    • C. 

      There is no way to prevent air pollution.

  • 23. 
    Which pollutant is most commonly released into waterways by individuals and families?
    • A. 

      Pesticides and fertilizers

    • B. 

      Laundry detergent

    • C. 

      Battery acid

  • 24. 
    What do tornadoes and hurricanes have in common?
    • A. 

      They both involve strong winds.

    • B. 

      They only happen in Texas.

    • C. 

      They both form over the ocean.

  • 25. 
    How have humans increased the rate of extinction?
    • A. 

      Humans consume too much oxygen, preventing other species from breathing.

    • B. 

      Humans have been forced to destroy dangerous, violent species.

    • C. 

      Humans re-shape their environment, putting preasure on other species.