Mass Extinction of the Dinosaurs: Definition, Events & Causes


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What is an extinction event?

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1. Which of the following are cited as causes for mass extinctions?

2. What is the leading hypothesis for what caused dinosaur extinction?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This printable worksheet/interactive quiz combo will teach you more about the mass extinction of the dinosaurs and what may have caused it. You may be tested on the general facts surrounding extinction, as well as questions relating to the extinction of the dinosaurs specifically.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • How to define the term 'extinction event'
  • Various causes of mass extinctions
  • The leading hypothesis for what caused dinosaur extinction
  • Extinction events in earth's history

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the mass extinction of the dinosaurs
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about what mass extinction events are and what caused the extinction of the dinosaurs specifically
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding evidence supporting the asteroid hypothesis

Additional Learning

To learn more about the dying off of an ancient species, review the corresponding lesson on the mass extinction of the dinosaurs. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identifies when the dinosaurs disappeared
  • Explores what causes mass extinctions
  • Examines the belief that a giant asteroid caused dinosaur extinction
  • Compares the volcanic eruption and asteroid impact extinction theories