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Geologic Time and Anthropology Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. The change from catastrophism to uniformitarianism made scientists decide that Earth must be _____ than previously thought.

Question 2 2. Which of the following terms is used to describe the process by which an unstable atomic nucleus loses energy by releasing radiation?

Question 3 3. Rapid burial protects a deceased body from all of the following EXCEPT:

Question 4 4. The best conditions for preservation of soft tissues are _____ temperatures and _____ air.

Question 5 5. A scientist would not be able to use radiocarbon dating to find the age of which of the following samples?

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Question 6 6. The statement Rock A is fifty years older than Rock B is an example of _____.

Question 7 7. If a parent nucleus is feeling unstable because the ratio of neutrons to protons is too great, it might undergo a type of radioactive decay which results in the neutron emitting an electron (a beta particle) from the nucleus and turning into a proton. This describes what type of radioactive decay?

Question 8 8. The Principle of Original Horizontality applies only to _____ rocks.

Question 9 9. Two outcrops containing one index fossil each can only be matched up if scientists also find a third outcrop containing _____.

Question 10 10. Scientists couldn't perform numerical dating of rocks until they discovered _____.

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Question 11 11. Which of the following is the term used for the process by which an unstable atomic nucleus loses energy by releasing radiation?

Question 12 12. What divides the two major eons (the Precambrian and Phanerozoic Eons)?

Question 13 13. Any inclusion found within sedimentary rock must be _____ that rock.

Question 14 14. What kind of dating can we establish with the principle of fossil succession?

Question 15 15. James needs to write a report which will describe the ups and downs of mammals in a previous time period. Why would discussing epochs make sense?

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Question 16 16. If Sedimentary Layer A occurs above Sedimentary Layer C and Sedimentary Layer B is below Sedimentary Layer C, which of the following is the correct order of the layers (from oldest to youngest)?

Question 17 17. Which of the following types of radioactive decay does not result in a change in the number of protons and neutrons within a nucleus, but does release a lot of energy?

Question 18 18. Which of the following terms is used to describe the time required for a quantity to fall to half of its starting value?

Question 19 19. The Mesozoic Era was the Age of Dinosaurs, and the current Cenozoic Era is the Age of _____.

Question 20 20. Today, geologists believe mostly in _____, with a little bit of _____.

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Question 21 21. Rock Strata A contains Fossil X. It is below Rock Strata C which contains Fossil Z. Rock Strata B contains Fossil Y. It is above Rock Strata C. Which of the following is the correct order of the fossils (from oldest to youngest)?

Question 22 22. _____ bones are more likely than _____ to be scattered, trampled, weathered, and/or crushed.

Question 23 23. A large nucleus may get to a more stable state by emitting two protons and two neutrons. This describes which type of radioactive decay?

Question 24 24. James Hutton's theory of _____ earned him the title of 'The Father of Modern Geology.'

Question 25 25. An index fossil represents a species that _____.

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Question 26 26. Which of the following would NOT be a good trait for an index fossil?

Question 27 27. If Fossil A is found in a lower rock layer, and Fossil B is found in an upper rock layer, then Species A most likely _____.

Question 28 28. Any fault lines or igneous intrusions that cut across a set of rock strata must be _____ that set of rock.

Question 29 29. The statement Rock A is seventeen years old is an example of _____.

Question 30 30. If two dinosaurs, one small and one large, both die in similar conditions and are both rapidly buried in the same material, which is more likely to be preserved as a fossil?

Geologic Time and Anthropology 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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