Plate Tectonics: A Unified Theory for Change of the Earth's Surface


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Plate tectonics is the theory that the Earth's _____ is broken into pieces that move around on top of the _____.

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1. Which of the following statements about tectonic plates is FALSE?

2. Using an apple as a model of the earth, the peel, fruit, and core represent, in order:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

What are plates? What is convection? You'll need to answer these and other questions to pass this multiple-choice quiz on the unifying theory of plate tectonics.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test your knowledge of the following:

  • What the plate tectonics theory states
  • Characteristics of plates
  • The thee areas of the Earth represented by the analogy of an apple with its peel, fruit and core
  • Convection
  • The additional mechanism that causes plate movement

Skills Practiced

While you try to answer the quiz questions, you'll also be working on the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the unifying theory of plate tectonics
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding plate movement and its causes and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the parts of the Earth

Additional Learning

For more details about how the world shapes itself physically, review the corresponding lesson called Plate Tectonics: A Unified Theory for Change of the Earth's Surface. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define asthenosphere and lithosphere
  • Explore the layers of the Earth
  • Review the primary and secondary events that cause plate movement