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Minerals Review



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

 1. 

As magma cools, its ____ combine into compounds that form a crystal structure, and it becomes a mineral.
a.
atoms
c.
electrons
b.
elements
d.
none of the above
 

 2. 

Minerals are comprised of one or more ____.
a.
colors
c.
rocks
b.
elements
d.
structures
 

 3. 

____ minerals are the most common silicate mineral group in the Earth's crust.
a.
Carbonate
c.
Mica
b.
Feldspar
d.
Quartz
 

 4. 

A mineral's streak
a.
is more accurate than color in identifying a mineral.
b.
will tell you the mineral's specific gravity.
c.
is the same as a luster test.
d.
shows the mineral's crystal structure.
 

 5. 

Muscovite mica will peel off in flat sheets. This is an example of the physical characteristic called ____.
a.
hardness
c.
fracture
b.
streak
d.
cleavage
 

 6. 

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

 7. 

Calcite will scratch gypsum. This is an example of the physical characteristics called ____.
a.
hardness
c.
fracture
b.
streak
d.
cleavage
 

 8. 

Which of the following is considered a special property that applies to only a few minerals?
a.
color
c.
streak
b.
luster
d.
magnetism
 

 9. 

Which statement best describes minerals?
a.
Rocks are made of minerals.
c.
Minerals can be solid, liquid or gas.
b.
Minerals are made of rocks.
d.
Crystals made by people are minerals.
 

 10. 

Which of the following is NOT a property that is commonly used to identify minerals?
a.
color
c.
density
b.
hardness
d.
texture
 

 11. 

Metallic, submetallic, and nonmetallic are descriptions of a mineral's
a.
streak.
c.
color.
b.
luster.
d.
cleavage.
 

 12. 

When quartz breaks it forms a curved, irregular pattern called
a.
luster.
c.
fracture.
b.
cleavage.
d.
hardness.
 



 
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