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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: Wax Reshaping part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Imagine that you find a wax candle on a table in a warm room. The candle bends when you push down on both ends and push up in the middle. When you put the candle back on the table it maintains the bent shape. This ...

ConcepTest: Divergent Boundary Sketch part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The figure below was drawn by a student to show the relationship between earthquake epicenters (filled circles) and a divergent plate boundary (red line). The figure represents a boundary between two oceanic ...

ConcepTest: Magnitude part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
What determines the magnitude of an earthquake? a) The type of plate boundary where the earthquake occurs. b) The amount of energy released by the movement on a fault. c) The amount of damage that occurs as a ...

ConcepTest: Earthquake Location and Magnitude part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Two active faults are present at different sites along the west coast of North America. The rate of plate motion adjacent to location X is 2 cm/year. The rate of plate motion adjacent to location Y is 5 cm/year. A ...

ConcepTest: S Wave Speed part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The city of Guildhall experienced two earthquakes within a 1-month interval. The first earthquake was magnitude 2; the second earthquake was magnitude 7. The S-waves from the magnitude 2 earthquake travel ...

ConcepTest: S Wave Amplitude part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The city of Guildhall experienced two earthquakes within a 1-month interval. The first earthquake was magnitude 2; the second earthquake was magnitude 7. Examination of a seismogram recorded 100 km away showed that ...

ConcepTest: Pull-A-Band part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
If you pull on a rubber band it will change shape. Pulling on the band is an example of _________. a) stress b) viscosity c) strain d) brittleness

ConcepTest: Intensity and Magnitude part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Three sites (L1, L2, L3) record earthquake intensity and earthquake magnitude for the same earthquake. L1 is located closest to the focus and L3 is farthest away. The intensity values are greatest at _____ and the ...

ConcepTest: Earthquake Hazards part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
If you lived in a city located 20 km from the epicenter of a magnitude 6.7 earthquake, which of the following would you be most likely to experience? a) ground shaking b) landslides c) fault rupture d) tsunami e) ...

ConcepTest: Find the Epicenter part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
An earthquake occurred on the Erie Fault 5 km below Ashtabula. Damage from the earthquake was greatest in nearby Chardon. The furthest report of shaking was recorded in Akron. Where was the earthquake's ...