Let's Learn About Plate Tectonics Quiz

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Plate Tectonics Quizzes & Trivia

This quiz will be given on Thursday for B and C classes and Friday for D, E, and A classes. Review your reading "The Theory of Plate Tectonics" and the table we did to go along with it. You could also use the online textbook as well as this quiz. There may be some questions from previous quizzes on this quiz. Please study the following: *The theory of plate tectonics *The three types of plate boundaries and what happens at each one ~Subduction, sea-floor spreading, mid-ocean ridge, rift valley, earthquakes *Hot Spot


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The  process that continually adds new crust is:
    • A. 

      Subduction

    • B. 

      Earthquakes

    • C. 

      Sea-floor spreading

    • D. 

      Convection

  • 2. 
    The ring of fire is a ring of volcanoes and earthquakes that occur along
    • A. 

      The mid-ocean ridge

    • B. 

      Plate boundaries

    • C. 

      Hot spots

    • D. 

      Only transform boundaries

  • 3. 
    Where two plates rub past each other in opposite directions is a
    • A. 

      Convergent boundary

    • B. 

      Transform boundary

    • C. 

      Hot spot

    • D. 

      Divergent boundary

  • 4. 
    The place where two plates collide is called a
    • A. 

      Transform boundary

    • B. 

      Hot spot

    • C. 

      Divergent boundary

    • D. 

      Convergent boundary

  • 5. 
    The place where two plates move apart is called a
    • A. 

      Divergent boundary

    • B. 

      Hot spot

    • C. 

      Convergent boundary

    • D. 

      Transform boundary

  • 6. 
    Subduction is when
    • A. 

      Earthquakes occur along a transform boundary

    • B. 

      New crust is formed

    • C. 

      One plate slides under another

    • D. 

      New islands are formed

  • 7. 
    The mid-ocean ridge occurs  along a
    • A. 

      Convergent boundary where new crust is formed

    • B. 

      Transform boundary where crust is subducted

    • C. 

      Divergent boundary where sea-floor spreading takes place

    • D. 

      Divergent boundary where subduction takes place

  • 8. 
    The theory that states that pieces of Earth's crust are in constant, slow motion driven by movement in the mantle is called
    • A. 

      The theory of continental drift

    • B. 

      The theory of Pangaea

    • C. 

      The theory of plate tectonics

    • D. 

      The theory of plate boundaries

  • 9. 
    The theory that continents are slowly moving over Earth's surface is called
    • A. 

      The theory of Pangaea

    • B. 

      The theory of continental drift

    • C. 

      The theory of plate boundaries

    • D. 

      The theory of plate tectonics

  • 10. 
    When two continental plates pull  apart a ________________________ forms
    • A. 

      Subduction zone

    • B. 

      Mountain range

    • C. 

      Earthquake

    • D. 

      Rift valley

  • 11. 
    Oceanic crust is ____________________ than continental crust
    • A. 

      Less dense

    • B. 

      More dense

    • C. 

      Less hot

    • D. 

      More hot

  • 12. 
    Continental crust is ______________________ than oceanic crust
    • A. 

      Hotter

    • B. 

      Colder

    • C. 

      Thicker

    • D. 

      Thinner

  • 13. 
    A place where an unusually hot part of the mantle rises through the crust causing volcanic activity is called a
    • A. 

      Divergent boundary

    • B. 

      Hot spot

    • C. 

      Convergent boundary

    • D. 

      Transform boundary

  • 14. 
    Volcanoes are most likely to occur along a
    • A. 

      Divergent boundary

    • B. 

      Convergent boundary

    • C. 

      Transform boundary

    • D. 

      Sea-floor spreading

  • 15. 
    The Himalayan mountains were formed because of a 
    • A. 

      Hot spot

    • B. 

      Divergent boundary

    • C. 

      Transform boundary

    • D. 

      Convergent boundary

  • 16. 
    What causes the  tectonic plates to move?
    • A. 

      Ocean currents

    • B. 

      Volcanoes

    • C. 

      The Coriolis effect

    • D. 

      Convection in the mantle

  • 17. 
    Pieces of Earth's crust move on top of the
    • A. 

      Ocean

    • B. 

      Mantle

    • C. 

      Outer core

    • D. 

      Inner core

  • 18. 
    The fact that ice floats on top of water is like the fact that
    • A. 

      The mantle causes earthquakes and volcanoes

    • B. 

      The mantle is colder than the crust

    • C. 

      The less dense crust sits on top of the mantle

    • D. 

      The crust is melting

  • 19. 
    A map of global earthquakes and volcanoes tells you
    • A. 

      Where the edges of the continents are

    • B. 

      Where the earth is the hottest

    • C. 

      Nothing, it looks random

    • D. 

      Where the plate boundaries are

  • 20. 
    Hot spots are
    • A. 

      Always moving around

    • B. 

      Stationary, they stay in the same place

    • C. 

      Constantly disappearing and reappearing

    • D. 

      What creates earthquakes

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