How Major Catastrophic Events Disrupt the Course of Life on Earth


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The Cretaceous period lasted from ___________.

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1. When did the asteroid impact believed to contribute to the extinction of the dinosaurs occur?

2. The eruption at Thera is believed to have contributed to the decline of which civilization?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Assess how much you know about the impact of catastrophic events on life on Earth. Quiz questions cover identifying the Cretaceous period and when the asteroid impact believed to have wiped out the dinosaurs happened.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz, you will be asked to:

  • Identify the civilization destroyed by the eruption at Thera
  • Recall what the world was filled with 66 million years ago
  • Determine the creatures that came after the dinosaurs

Skills Practiced

Practice the following skills for studying:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson about the world 66 million years ago
  • Interpreting information-verify that you can read information regarding what creatures were poised to dominate after dinosaurs and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the eruption at Thera

Additional Learning

For more on this area of study, review the lesson entitled How Major Catastrophic Events Disrupt the Course of Life on Earth. The lesson covers the following study goals:

  • Define catastrophic
  • Identify how volcanic eruptions can destroy civilizations
  • Understand asteroids and how they can affect the Earth