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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: Pencil Bend part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
A pencil will bend if you push down on both ends and push up in the middle. If you stop pushing, the pencil will return to its original shape. The bending is an example of ___________ behavior. a) elastic b) ...

ConcepTest: Pencil Break part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
A pencil will bend if you push down on both ends and push up in the middle. If you push hard enough the pencil will break. Breaking the pencil is an example of ___________ behavior. a) elastic b) brittle c) ductile ...

ConcepTest: Shock Sequences part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
A seismograph records four earthquakes of magnitude 3.7, 3.2, 6.5 and 4.3 and then seismicity decreases. Which is a likely foreshock /aftershock sequence? a. 3.7, 3.2/6.5 b. 3.2, 6.5/4.3 c. 3.2, 3.7/4.3 d. 6.5/4.3

ConcepTest: Foreshock part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
A seismograph records four earthquakes of magnitude 3.7, 3.2, 6.5 and 4.3 and then seismicity decreases. Which earthquake(s) represent (a) foreshock(s)? a. 3.7 and 3.2 b. 3.2 only c. 3.7 only d. 3.7 and 6.5

ConcepTest: EQ Recurrence Interval part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Plate A moves 3 cm/yr past plate B. A typical earthquake along the plate boundary has 6 meters of slip. What is the recurrence interval of the earthquake? a. 0.2 years b. 2 years c. 200 years d. 2000 years

ConcepTest: Fault Scarp part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the image below that shows the flank of the Grand Teton mountain range of northwestern Wyoming. Which location represents a fault scarp in the picture? a) 1 b) 2 c) 3 d) 4

ConcepTest: P Wave Arrival part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the seismogram below that shows a 26-minute long record of the seismic waves from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake as it was received by a seismograph station in Germany, over 14,000 km away. Which letter ...

ConcepTest: Mercalli Intensity part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
In 1872, 25 people were killed in Lone Pine when their adobe homes collapsed during an earthquake. What was the Mercalli Intensity of the earthquake? a. I - III b. IVâVI c. VIIâX d. XIâXII

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 ...

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 ...