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Mini-Quiz: Characteristics of the Earth

by Ron Kurtus (updated 18 January 2022)

Take this Mini-Quiz to check your understanding of the lesson material.

1. What does the Earth's unique position with the Sun allow?

It allows the Earth to orbit the Sun

It allows for space travel

It allows life to survive

2. Is the Earth an exact sphere?

Yes, it is a perfect sphere

No, it is flattened at the poles

No one knows for sure

3. What does the rotation of the Earth help create?


The magnetic force

The Northern Lights

If you got all three correct, you are on your way to becoming a Champion in Astronomy. If you had problems, you had better look over the material again.

This is the only Earth we have. Keep it a good place to live.

Resources and references

Ron Kurtus' Credentials


Earth Facts and Figures - From NASA

The Earth - Details from Nine-Planets website

Earth's Atmosphere - From the University of Tennessee Department of Physics

Space Weather - News about Earth-Sun environment

Earth's Magnetic Field Is Fading by John Roach for National Geographic News September 9, 2004

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