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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: Cooling History of Magma #1 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The lines shown on the idealized graph below illustrate the cooling histories for the four magmas listed below, i.e., the lines illustrate how magma temperature decreased with time. What rock is best represented by ...

ConcepTest: Rock Sample Observation part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Imagine that all minerals found in igneous rocks were the same color. What information would you no longer be able to infer from observing a rock sample? a. magma cooling rate b. composition c. texture

ConcepTest: Temperature and Depth of Rock Formation #1 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The diagram below illustrates five potential combinations of temperature and depth that are characteristic of different rock types. Answer the question that follows using the diagram. Which letter is the best ...

ConcepTest: Linear Mountain Range part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
In exploring a new planet, you discover a long, linear mountain range crossing a broad low-lying area that is interpreted to represent an ancient basin. Predict what type of plate tectonic feature this represents. ...

ConcepTest: Trough part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
In exploring a new planet, you discover a long, linear trough that separates a low lying region and an upland region. Predict what type of plate tectonic feature this represents. a. subduction zone b. ...

ConcepTest: Mantle Convection part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Which of the schematic diagrams below best represents mantle convection associated with plate tectonics? a. b. c. d. e.

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

ConcepTest: Is Window Glass a Mineral? part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Window glass is composed of SiO2. Is window glass a mineral? a. Yes b. No

ConcepTest: Which is not a Mineral? part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Which of the following can not be classified as a mineral? a. salt b. ice c. diamond d. glass

ConcepTest: Igneous Process Identification part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
An ice cube melting in hot tea is analogous to which igneous process? a. fractional crystallization. b. assimilation. c. partial melting. d. intrusion.

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