Earthquakes - Physical Science: Homeschool Curriculum Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Which statement is FALSE about tectonic plates?

Question 2 2. The seismic waves that do most of the shaking are:

Question 3 3. The elastic rebound theory explains how:

Question 4 4. The magnitude of an earthquake is how _____.

Question 5 5. Which of the following choices describes a tsunami?

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Question 6 6. What can you expect to happen after experiencing an earthquake?

Question 7 7. Where is the epicenter of an earthquake found?

Question 8 8. What causes an earthquake?

Question 9 9. A _____ is a machine that produces (a) _____.

Question 10 10. The _____ is where the earthquake occurs; the _____ is directly above it on the surface.

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Question 11 11. How does fire danger increase during earthquakes?

Question 12 12. Identify how liquefaction occurs during an earthquake.

Question 13 13. The movement of the ground due to rock breaking below the surface during an earthquake is known as _____.

Question 14 14. In addition to the structural damage that occurs during an earthquake, why are earthquakes so economically damaging?

Question 15 15. Geologists measured an earthquake at 3.8, but then measured another earthquake a day later at 4.6. How would a geologist analyze this situation?

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Question 16 16. Which is NOT a type of stress that causes rock to break underground?

Question 17 17. Tsunamis are caused by earthquakes in which of the following locations?

Question 18 18. What does the Richter scale measure?

Question 19 19. What are the characteristics of an earthquake that make it so damaging?

Question 20 20. P-waves travel as _____ waves while S-waves travel as _____ waves.

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Question 21 21. Which of the following best describes a fault?

Question 22 22. How do earthquakes occur?

Question 23 23. Why would the Richter scale NOT be the best tool to use to precisely measure a 7.5 magnitude earthquake?

Question 24 24. Why can geologists not predict earthquakes?

Question 25 25. The point where the earthquake occurs is called the:

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Question 26 26. Why do earthquakes occur?

Question 27 27. Compared to P-waves, surface waves travel _____ and cause _____ damage.

Question 28 28. Geologists measure three different earthquakes on their seismographs within a few days. One quake registered at 4.2, one at 3.6, and the other at .3. Which quakes would most likely be the foreshock, the main earthquake and the aftershock?

Question 29 29. What does it mean to say that the Richter scale is logarithmic?

Question 30 30. How does a magnitude 4 earthquake differ from a magnitude 8 earthquake in regard to energy?

Earthquakes - Physical Science: Homeschool Curriculum Chapter Exam Instructions

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