Theories of Geological Evolution: Catastrophism vs Uniformitarianism - Quiz & Worksheet


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Catastrophism assumes that the Earth's landscape was shaped by _____.

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1. How did the Bible influence Cuvier's view that the Earth is relatively young?

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

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Catastrophism and uniformitarianism are two geologic theories used to explain Earth's features in large- and small-scale ways, respectively, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you understand each of these theories in depth. The practice questions on the quiz will test you on catastrophism and uniformitarianism in geology.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These tools will test your ability identify:

  • The characteristics of catastrophism
  • Biblical influences on the development of catastrophism as a theory
  • The effects of the geologic shift from catastrophism to uniformitarianism
  • Today's understanding of geology
  • James Hutton and his contributions to geology

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow you to test your skills in the following areas:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information on catastrophism and uniformitarianism from the related lesson on these concepts
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about modern geology in a different light
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the theories of catastrophism and uniformitarianism
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about catastrophism and uniformitarianism

Additional Learning

For more on these geologic theories, take a look at the lesson entitled Theories of Geological Evolution: Catastrophism vs Uniformitarianism. A few objectives covered within the lesson are:

  • Discuss geologic theories and the work of Georges Culver
  • Define catastrophism and the influence of the Bible on geology in the 18th and 19th centuries
  • Define uniformitarianism and how it challenged catastrophism
  • Discuss and understand the modern take on geology as a mixture of the two relevant theories discussed in the lesson