A Short History of Nearly Everything Quiz | Eight Week Quiz A

Bill Bryson
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part 2, Chapter 5.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Had the universe formed just slightly differently:
(a) Planets would be flat instead of round.
(b) Mankind would not exist.
(c) Our solar system would have ten times more planets.
(d) Earth would have seven moons.

2. What components were central to the apparatus that Henry Cavendish used to determine the density of Earth?
(a) A burner, gases, and switches.
(b) Chutes and slides.
(c) Weights, counter-weights, and pendulums.
(d) Boiling water, a tub, and a barrel.

3. Pluto is the first planet to be discovered by an:
(a) Austrian.
(b) Australian.
(c) American.
(d) Argentine.

4. Sir Isaac Newton wrote "Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy," which explains his laws of what?
(a) Motion and gravity.
(b) Attraction.
(c) Electromagnetic interference.
(d) Quantum physics.

5. The British astronomer Martin Rees hypothesizes that there could be an infinite number of what?
(a) Electromagnetic frequencies.
(b) Speeds of light.
(c) Different universes.
(d) Subatomic particles.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following is not a major geological era?

2. In the 1700s, people were finding holes in theories. For example, if the thoughts on erosion were completely correct, then:

3. James Hutton believed that the natural forces forming the geology of Earth are:

4. In a span of just 20 years, the number of known moons in the solar system grew from:

5. Astronomer Edmond Halley believed that the distance from the Earth to the sun could be deduced from the:

(see the answer key)

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