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

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: Oldest Volcano part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the diagram below. The lettered objects represent volcanoes formed on an oceanic plate above a hot spot. The arrow illustrates the direction of plate motion. Which volcano is the oldest? a. b. c. d.

ConcepTest: Order of Volcano Formation part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the diagram below. The lettered objects represent volcanoes formed on an oceanic plate above a hot spot. The arrow illustrates the direction of plate motion. In what order did the volcanoes form (youngest ...

ConcepTest: Cross-Section of Plate Boundaries part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The map below shows the plate configurations along the western margin of North America. Which of the four diagrams on the right best represents a cross section through the outer layers of Earth along the line X-Y?