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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: Seismic Waves #1 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the diagram below that shows a cut-away view of a section of Earth's crust containing a fault. Answer the question below assuming that an earthquake originated at the focus shown on the fault surface. ...

ConcepTest: EQ Distribution, North America part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Which of the maps below best represents the distribution of magnitude 6 or greater earthquakes in North America within a decade? a. b. c. d.

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: S 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: P and S Waves 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. Approximately ...

ConcepTest: Plate Motion and Effect on Cities #5 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Review the map of the plates below and identify which pair of locations is moving further apart as a result of plate tectonics. a. Tokyo and Hawaii b. Bombay and Sydney c. Galapagos Islands and Hawaii d. Galapagos ...

ConcepTest: Plate Motion and Effect on Cities #2 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Review the map of the plates below and identify which pair of locations is moving closer together as a result of plate tectonics. a. Galapagos Islands and Hawaii b. Galapagos Islands and Rio de Janeiro c. New York ...

ConcepTest: Plate Motion and Effect on Cities #3 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Review the map of the plates below and identify which pair of locations is moving further apart as a result of plate tectonics. a. Bombay and Sydney b. Hawaii and Tokyo c. New York and London d. Mexico City and ...

ConcepTest: Plate Motion and Effect on Cities #4 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Review the map of the plates below and identify which pair of locations is moving further apart as a result of plate tectonics. a. Sydney and Cape Town b. Bombay and Sydney c. Hawaii and Tokyo d. Galapagos Islands ...