Shape of the Earth: Density, Stress & Gravity


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1. What is defined as the study of Earth's shape and size?

2. Which of these is true of Earth?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will gauge your understanding of Earth and the factors that contribute to its shape. In order to pass the quiz, you'll need to be able to identify vocabulary related to the study of Earth's shape and size, as well as scientific terms for the forces and degrees affecting Earth's form.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your ability to recall:

  • Facts about Earth's shape, size and form
  • The term for the force that acts on a rock to change its shape or volume
  • Earth's technical shape
  • A name for the study of Earth's shape and size

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify main terms and phrases, such as the name for the degree of compactness of an object and the name for the force that acts on a rock to change its shape
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you remember the most important vocabulary from the related lesson on Earth's shape
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding facts about Earth to recognize true and false statements about its shape and size

Additional Learning

Interested in learning more about Earth's shape and size? Then check out the corresponding lesson titled Shape of Earth: Density, Stress & Gravity. This lesson answers the following questions:

  • What do the terms and phrases 'oblate spheroid,' 'geodesy,' 'gravity,' 'density,' 'stress' and 'volume' mean?
  • Is Earth really a sphere?
  • How does gravity pull objects towards Earth's core?
  • How dense is Earth?
  • What kind of stress does Earth endure?
  • How do gravity, density and stress affect the shape of Earth?