Plate Tectonics- Checking Understanding

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Plate Tectonics Quizzes & Trivia

This quiz is designed to check your understaning of the Plate Tectonics unit so far. You will have 40 minutes to complete the quiz. Good luck!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The Earth is constructed of several layers:Identify the names of the layers from the centre of the Earth to the surface that we live on.
    • A. 

      Outer core, inner core, crust, mantle

    • B. 

      Inner core, outer core, mantle, crust

    • C. 

      Crust, mantle, outer core, inner core

    • D. 

      Outer core, inner core, mantle, crust

  • 2. 
    Continental Drift was proposed by Alfred Wegener in 1912. What evidence did he use to justify his theory?
    • A. 

      There was evidence of plate movements in 1912

    • B. 

      Similar rocks and fossils in Africa

    • C. 

      Similar fossils and rock patterns on seperated continents, continents appeared to fit together

    • D. 

      Thermal convection currents carried the rigid plates on the Earth's crust

  • 3. 
    Which of the following letters correctly identifies the Nazca Plate?
    • A. 

      A

    • B. 

      B

    • C. 

      C

    • D. 

      D

    • E. 

      E

  • 4. 
    Identify this plate boundary
    • A. 

      Convergent/ destructive

    • B. 

      Divergent/ constructive

    • C. 

      Transforming

    • D. 

      Divergent/ destructive

    • E. 

      Convergent/ constructive

  • 5. 
    Name the type(s) of tectonic activity present at this type of plate boundary.
    • A. 

      Earthquakes

    • B. 

      Earthquakes, volcanoes

    • C. 

      Tsunamis

    • D. 

      Volcanoes

  • 6. 
    The Himalayas are an example of Fold mountains. They form when which two plates collide?
    • A. 

      Oceanic and oceanic

    • B. 

      Continental and oceanic

    • C. 

      Continental and continental

    • D. 

      Oceanic and continental

  • 7. 
    Name the famous fault line that is located at the boundary of the North American and Pacific Plates.
    • A. 

      San Francisco fault

    • B. 

      San Jose Fault

    • C. 

      San Andreas Fault

    • D. 

      San Antonio Fault

  • 8. 
    What is the name of the point on the Earth's surface above the location where plate movement occurs during an earthquake?
    • A. 

      Fault line

    • B. 

      Epicentre

    • C. 

      Focus

    • D. 

      Rift

    • E. 

      Trench

  • 9. 
    What is subduction?
    • A. 

      Where oceanic plate crashes into continental plate and descends into the asthenosphere

    • B. 

      Where continental plate crashes into continental plate and descends into the asthenosphere

    • C. 

      Where continental plate is forced up to create a mountain

    • D. 

      The formation of a hot spot