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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: Wax Reshaping part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Imagine that you find a wax candle on a table in a warm room. The candle bends when you push down on both ends and push up in the middle. When you put the candle back on the table it maintains the bent shape. This ...

ConcepTest: Divergent Boundary Sketch part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The figure below was drawn by a student to show the relationship between earthquake epicenters (filled circles) and a divergent plate boundary (red line). The figure represents a boundary between two oceanic ...

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: Youngest 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 youngest? a. b. c. d.

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?