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Ancient Astronomy for Elementary School Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. What is a myth?

Question 2 2. Which person did NOT use Pegasus in Greek mythology?

Question 3 3. Which mythical creature did Pegasus help Bellerophon defeat?

Question 4 4. What is an asterism?

Question 5 5. In Greek mythology, which of these beings became Ursa Major?

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Question 6 6. In the constellations Ursa Major and Ursa Minor, what does 'Ursa' mean?

Question 7 7. What imaginary picture can be seen in the constellation of Gemini by connecting the stars?

Question 8 8. What is the brightest star found in the Gemini constellation?

Question 9 9. If your friend wanted to see the Geminids meteor shower, what month would you tell them to look?

Question 10 10. What is a constellation?

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Question 11 11. Who named the first 48 constellations, including Pegasus?

Question 12 12. How was the winged horse Pegasus created in Greek mythology?

Question 13 13. The ancient Greek astronomer Aristarchus disagreed with Aristotle's belief in what aspect of the Solar System?

Question 14 14. The ancient Greeks realized Earth was not a flat surface, but rather what shape?

Question 15 15. The ancient Greek astronomer Eratosthenes was famous for what discovery?

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Question 16 16. Recognizable patterns of stars in the sky, like the Big Dipper and Little Dipper, are called _____.

Question 17 17. Astronomers have divided the night sky into 88 sections. Each section, and the stars in it, make up one _____.

Question 18 18. The stars Merak and Dubhe in the Big Dipper are called ''The Pointers'' because they point directly at _____.

Question 19 19. The short, 5-day month at the end of the Mayan calendar was thought to be what?

Question 20 20. The Mayans were among the first peoples to come up with which one of the following ideas?

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Question 21 21. According to the Mayan calendar, what was significant about the year 2012?

Question 22 22. What does the constellation Orion represent?

Question 23 23. Which of these is NOT one of the myths about how Orion came to be in the sky?

Question 24 24. The constellations Canis Major and Canis Minor are near Orion in the sky. What do they represent?

Question 25 25. Who were the parents of Pegasus?

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Question 26 26. Different civilizations had different names for Ursa Major and saw different pictures in the stars. Which of these is NOT a picture that was represented by Ursa Major?

Question 27 27. What mythological characters are represented in the Gemini constellation?

Question 28 28. How many stars make up the constellation Pegasus?

Question 29 29. In addition to measuring the cycle of the moon and the length of the year, the ancient Greek astronomer Hipparchus created what useful astronomical tool?

Question 30 30. Both the Big Dipper and the Little Dipper are made up of the same number of stars. How many stars are in each one?

Ancient Astronomy for Elementary School Chapter Exam Instructions

Choose your answers to the questions and click 'Next' to see the next set of questions. You can skip questions if you would like and come back to them later with the yellow "Go To First Skipped Question" button. When you have completed the practice exam, a green submit button will appear. Click it to see your results. Good luck!

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