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Grade 5 Tectonics
What landforms are formed at a subduction zone?
Subduction Zone
  1. faults
  2. volcanoes only
  3. mountains only
  4. mountains and volcanoes
Grade 5 Tectonics
The continents on Earth used to be combined together in a supercontinent called Pangaea.
  1. True
  2. False
Grade 5 Tectonics
Volcanoes form mainly at what type of plate boundary?
  1. divergent boundaries
  2. transform boundaries
  3. strike-slip boundaries
  4. convergent boundaries
Grade 5 Tectonics
What do you call the sudden movement of Earth's crust?
  1. earthquake
  2. tsunami
  3. volcano
  4. fault
Grade 5 Tectonics
Using the Richter scale, which of these earthquakes would likely cause the most damage?
  1. 1-2
  2. 3-4
  3. 5-6
  4. 7-8
Grade 5 Tectonics
The section of earth's crust and mantle that fits together like a puzzle is the plate.
  1. True
  2. False
Grade 5 Tectonics
What causes earthquakes?
  1. Earth's plates bump into each other.
  2. Magma breaks through the Earth's crust.
  3. Violent shaking occurs in the ground.
  4. Rocks fall to the ground.
Grade 5 Tectonics
Which of these most likely results from plate movement?
  1. global winds
  2. sandy beaches
  3. ocean currents
  4. mountain ranges
Grade 5 Tectonics
The edge of one plate sinking beneath the edge of another plate is a process called                .
  1. tectonics
  2. subduction
  3. faults
  4. eruption
Grade 5 Tectonics
Earthquakes are caused by
  1. the moving pieces of Earth's crust
  2. too much weight on the Earth's surface
  3. the sinking of the ocean floor
  4. unequal heating of the atmosphere
Grade 5 Tectonics
Sometimes tectonic forces cause cracks to form in rock. If pieces of the rock move along these cracks, the cracks are called faults.

Scientists use the term faulting to refer to the formation of faults. Depending on the situation, faulting can act as a constructive or a destructive force. Which of the following best shows how faulting can act as a constructive force?
  1. Rock moves sideways along a fault with no change in elevation.
  2. Rock moves upward along faults to form a mountain range.
  3. Faulting produces an earthquake that causes a local bridge to collapse.
  4. Rocks are worn down as they grind past each other along a fault.
Grade 5 Tectonics
The theory of plate movement and how the continents moved apart over time is called                      .
  1. plate tectonics
  2. geology
  3. continental tectonics
  4. biology
Grade 5 Tectonics
In the Southwestern U.S., tectonic forces have pushed rocks upward over millions of years to form the Colorado Plateau. As the plateau has risen during this time, the Colorado River has been cutting down through the plateau to form the Grand Canyon.

Development of the Grand Canyon through the uplift of the plateau and erosion by the Colorado River illustrates that
  1. landforms result from constructive forces only
  2. landforms result from a combination of constructive and destructive forces
  3. landforms result from neither constructive and destructive forces
  4. landforms result from destructive forces only
Grade 5 Tectonics
A shaking of earth's surface, caused by movement of rock in the crust is a
  1. volcano
  2. earthquake
  3. sinkhole
  4. jetty
Grade 5 Tectonics
A               seismograph               is an instrument used for recording the intensity and duration of an earthquake.
Grade 5 Tectonics
When plates collide into each other, this event causes                 to form.
  1. earthquakes
  2. mountains
  3. continents
  4. hurricanes
Grade 5 Tectonics
The Blue Ridge Mountains form part of the eastern Appalachian Mountains. How were these mountains most likely formed?
  1. Earthquakes caused rocks to form piles.
  2. Large moving earth plates ran into one another.
  3. Wind blew sediments into clumps.
  4. Rivers wore away rock, leaving peaks.
Grade 5 Tectonics
When plates slide past each other, this may cause an                 to occur.
  1. tornado
  2. mountain
  3. volcano
  4. earthquake
Grade 5 Tectonics
A crack in the earth's crust is a
  1. delta
  2. fault
  3. plate
  4. topography
Grade 5 Tectonics
What is a tectonic plate?
  1. a dish made of rock
  2. a kind of mountain
  3. a moving piece of Earth's rocky crust
  4. a loose piece of Earth's inner core
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