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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: Sugar-Rock Analogy part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Water containing dissolved sugar evaporates to leave a deposit of sugar in the bottom of a glass. This could be seen as an analog for the formation of a type of a. igneous rock b. metamorphic rock c. sedimentary ...

ConcepTest: Concrete-Rock Analogy 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: Sandwich-Rock Analogy part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Adding layers of ingredients to build a sandwich could be viewed as an analog for the formation of a. igneous rocks b. metamorphic rocks c. sedimentary rocks.

ConcepTest: Waves part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
At which location in the diagram below would the waves break closer to the beach? a. A b. B c. C

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: 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: 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: 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: Relative Layer Age #15 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
What principle would be the best to apply to determine the order in which layers A, B, C, and D in the image below were formed? Image courtesy of USGS. a. Superposition b. Cross-cutting relationships c. Original ...

ConcepTest: Relative Layer Age #11 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the image of rock layers below. Which letter represents the layer that was formed last? Image courtesy of USGS a. A b. B c. C d. D

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