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Minerals Quiz

Multiple Choice
Identify the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question.
 

 1. 

As magma cools, its atoms arrange themselves to form a _____________ structure.
a.
chemical
c.
crystalline
b.
loose
d.
none of the above
 

 2. 

All minerals are
a.
liquids
c.
rocks
b.
inorganic
d.
organic
 

 3. 

A collector of minerals would want a sample of ____.
a.
halite
c.
sugar
b.
coal
d.
wood
 

 4. 

The largest group of rock-forming minerals consists of the ____.
a.
non-silicates
c.
silicates
b.
halides
d.
oxides
 

 5. 

All minerals have the following characteristics EXCEPT that of ____.
a.
being formed by natural processes
b.
being formed from living organisms
c.
being solids
d.
having the atoms within the mineral arranged in a pattern
 

 6. 

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According to the chart, _____ is the most common element in the Earth’s crust.
a.
Iron
c.
silicon
b.
Aluminum
d.
oxygen
 

 7. 



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According to the chart, oxygen and silicon make up ______ percent of the Earth’s crust.
a.
46.6 %
c.
over 74 %
b.
27.7 %
d.
over 100 %
 

 8. 

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Although 90 elements occur naturally in the Earth’s crust, this figure shows that 98 percent of the crust is made up of how many elements?
a.
6
c.
9
b.
8
d.
2
 

 9. 

A Mineral is an inorganic _____ with a unique crystal structure.
a.
atomic
c.
magma
b.
solid
d.
crystal
 

 10. 

Some minerals are formed when ____ cools.
a.
an atom
c.
magma
b.
a solid
d.
the crystals
 

 11. 

When magma cools slowly
a.
minerals do not form
c.
minerals will have small crystals
b.
minerals will have large crystals
d.
minerals change into rocks
 

 12. 

When liquid evaporates, atoms of any dissolved minerals stay behind and form ____, such as desert roses.
a.
atoms
c.
crystals
b.
magma
d.
organic matter
 



 
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