What Do You Know About Plate Tectonics? Trivia Quiz

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What Do You Know About Plate Tectonics? Trivia Quiz

A tectonic plate is a huge, unevenly formed slab of solid rock, made of both continental and oceanic lithosphere, which includes the crust and outer part of the mantle. The plates behave like a hard shell compared to Earth's mantle. This quiz has been designed to test your knowledge about tectonic plates and scientific theory. Let's take this quiz to find out! All the best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Who is the person that discovered the supercontinent? 
    • A. 

      Einstein

    • B. 

      Wegener

    • C. 

      Hess

    • D. 

      Richardson

  • 2. 
    What is the name of the supercontinent that existed millions of years ago?
    • A. 

      Eurafrica

    • B. 

      Pangaea

    • C. 

      Continental Drift

    • D. 

      Europia

  • 3. 
    What type of plate boundary has the plates moving away from each other?
    • A. 

      Transform

    • B. 

      Subduction

    • C. 

      Convergent

    • D. 

      Divergent

  • 4. 
    What type of plate boundary has the two plates sliding past each other?
    • A. 

      Transform

    • B. 

      Subduction

    • C. 

      Convergent

    • D. 

      Divergent

  • 5. 
    If a continental plate and an oceanic plate decided to slam into each other (subduction), which one would sink into the mantle? (Hint: think about which one is denser!!!)
    • A. 

      Oceanic plate

    • B. 

      Transform plate

    • C. 

      Continental plate

  • 6. 
    How do scientists learn about the interior (center) of the earth?
    • A. 

      GPS

    • B. 

      Seismic Waves

    • C. 

      Beltometers

    • D. 

      Particulate Array

  • 7. 
    The observation that the continents fit together like puzzle pieces, and may once have been connected, led Alfred Wegener to propose a theory in 1910 called
    • A. 

      Continental plowing

    • B. 

       continental drift

    • C. 

      Wandering continents

    • D. 

      Shape matching of continents

  • 8. 
    The essence of Wegener's idea was sound, based on some scientific observations. Which of the following supported his theory?
    • A. 

      Matching fossil plant remains found on two different continents

    • B. 

      Matching reptile remains found on two different continents

    • C. 

      Nearly identical sedimentary rock types of same age in widely separated locations

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 9. 
    Scientists found that the continents were moving apart from each other due to magma rising out of mid-ocean ridges, and they called this
    • A. 

      Sea floor spreading

    • B. 

      Sea floor rising

    • C. 

      Changing sea floor

    • D. 

      Underwater volcanos

  • 10. 
     The Earth's crust is divided into 7 major plates, which include all of the continents. Along which two plates do we see major earthquake activity?
    • A. 

      Pacific and North/South American

    • B. 

      Pacific and Eurasian/Indian

    • C. 

      South American and African

    • D. 

      A and B both