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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: 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

ConcepTest: Eccentricity and Temperature Distribution part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Mars has a more eccentric orbit of the Sun than Earth. Mars is 20% closer to the Sun during its winter than it is during its summer. How would temperature distributions on Earth be affected if we had a similarly ...

ConcepTest: Rain Shadow part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
In the landscape below, how would the amount of rainfall change at location X if the mountain eroded down to the dashed line? a. Rainfall would increase b. Rainfall would decrease c. Rainfall would stay the same

ConcepTest: Effect of Rain on Sea Level part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
A majority of Earth's water is in the oceans. Predict what would happen to sea level if rain fell continuously all over the world's oceans. a. Sea level would rise b. Sea level would fall c. Sea level ...

ConcepTest: Effect of Ice Sheet on Sea Level part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
During the last ice age there was a large ice sheet over much of Canada and the northern U.S. What was the effect on global sea levels? a. Sea level was higher b. Sea level was lower c. Sea level was the same as ...

ConcepTest: Eccentricity and Seasons part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Mars has a more eccentric orbit of the Sun than Earth. Mars is 20% closer to the Sun during winter in its Northern hemisphere than it is during its summer. What would be the implications for the seasons on Earth if ...

ConcepTest: Stream Baseflow During Droughts part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
What happens to the volume of water that passes from groundwater to streams during a prolonged drought? a. it increases b. it decreases c. no change

ConcepTest: Global Temperature Change and Water Reservoirs part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
If average global temperatures dropped 5 degrees C, which reservoir (source) of water would most likely experience the greatest percent volume change? a. Oceans b. Glaciers and ice sheets

ConcepTest: Humid Climates and Water Transport to Streams part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
In a humid climate (e.g., Georgia), which process contributes the greatest volume of water to streams? a. human activity b. overland flow c. groundwater discharge

ConcepTest: Arid Climates and Water Transport to Streams part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
In an arid climate (e.g., Arizona), which process contributes the greatest volume of water to streams? a. human activity b. overland flow c. groundwater discharge

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