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Formation of the Moon: Theories

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The Giant Impact theory states that _____.

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1. Which theory states that the Earth and the Moon formed at the same time from the nebula?

2. Which one of the following theories proposes that the Moon was formed from part of the Earth?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

How many theories about how the Moon formed and fell into Earth's orbit have been developed and what do most scientists believe? You must be familiar with the details of each theory in order to answer the questions posed in this quiz/worksheet combo.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Giant Impact Theory
  • Condensation Theory
  • Fission Theory
  • Capture Theory

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information regarding each theory and arguments against them
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the Fission Theory and Giant Impact Theory
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the most popular of the four theories about the formation of the Moon

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson called Formation of the Moon: Theories. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Describe ancient beliefs about the Moon
  • List and define theories about how the Moon formed
  • Provide details about each theory
  • Present arguments against each theory
  • Reveal which theory is currently most supported by scientists
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