Exxon Valdez Oil Spill: Causes, Effects & Clean-up


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Which of the following is NOT true about the Exxon Valdez oil spill?

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1. Which of the following is NOT a reason the Exxon Valdez tanker released oil into Prince William Sound?

2. Which of the following explains why early efforts to remove oil floating on the water in Prince William Sound were ineffective?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Answer these questions to make sure you understand the Exxon Valdez oil spill. You will be asked about the causes of the spill and the cleanup efforts after it.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz/worksheet set, you'll test what you remember about:

  • The reasons the Exxon Valdez released oil into Prince William Sound
  • How much of the oil released was recovered
  • The ineffectiveness of early cleanup efforts

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson, such as the possible causes of this oil spill
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the percentage of spilled oil that was recovered from Prince William Sound
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the difficulty involved in the cleanup efforts of the Exxon Valdez spill

Additional Learning

If you would like to get a better understanding of this ecological disaster, review the accompanying lesson called Exxon Valdez Oil Spill: Causes, Effects & Cleanup. This lesson covers:

  • The amount of oil spilled
  • What penalties the captain of the ship faced
  • The estimated effect this spill had on local wildlife
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