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David Steer and David McConnell at the University of Akron are creating and reviewing ConcepTests for introductory geoscience courses. If anyone would like to test existing questions or submit additional questions, please contact them.

This collection was created with funding from the National Science Foundation, (DUE-0087894).

Introductory geoscience students may attempt to deal with the material by trying to simply memorize it. McConnell et al. (2003) suggest that geoscience ConcepTests should be additionally restricted to the level of comprehension or application in Bloom's taxonomy.


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ConcepTest: Determining Numbers of Plates part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the map and answer the question that follows. X, Y, and Z represent continental lithosphere, the blank areas represent oceanic lithosphere. How many plates are present? a. 3 b. 4 c. 5 d. 6

ConcepTest: Cross-Sections of Plate Boundaries part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The map below shows the plate configurations along the western margin of North America. Which of the four diagrams on the right best represents a cross section through the outer layers of Earth along the line X-Y?

ConcepTest: Fault Displacement part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
What is the relative displacement of the fault that offsets the road in the photo? a. left lateral b. right lateral c. normal d. reverse

ConcepTest: Identifying Oxides part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Which of the following formulas represents an oxide? a. FeS2 b. KAlSi3O8 c. Fe2O3 d. CaSO4 ยท 2H2O

ConcepTest: Sedimentary Rock Formation part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Concrete is formed by adding cement and water to a mixture of sand and gravel. This could be seen as an analog for the formation of a ___________ sedimentary rock. a. clastic b. chemical c. biochemical

ConcepTest: Stream Convergence part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The diagram depicts the confluence of two perennial streams (A and B) forming C. Which of the following statements regarding stream C must be true? a. Stream flow velocity is greater than in A or B. b. Stream ...

ConcepTest: Pacific Plate Motion part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Review the map of the plates below and predict which pair of locations is moving closer together as a result of plate tectonics? a. Bombay and Sydney b. Hawaii and Tokyo c. New York and London d. Cape Town and ...

ConcepTest: Viscosity part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Place these materials (maple syrup, milk, peanut butter, frozen yogurt) in the correct position for their relative viscosity. What is at position #B? a. frozen yogurt b. milk c. peanut butter d. maple syrup

ConcepTest: Locating Wells part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Liquid hazardous waste is disposed of by pumping it down injection wells. Which well location would be the most suitable to use for an injection well? a.) b.) c.)

ConcepTest: Tropic of Cancer Temperature and Precipitation part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Which of the points on the graph below best represents conditions along the Tropic of Cancer (23 degrees N latitude)? a. A b. B c. C d. D e. E

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