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Phases of the Moon

Quiz by Elisabeth O'Neill

Grade 6-8
Next Generation Science Standards

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  • Q1
    Each Apollo mission averaged about 10.5 days. Which of the following statements describe a constraint that resulted in each mission's length?
    Length of moon phases
    Need to communicate with mission control
    All the choices are correct
    Amount of light on the surface
  • Q2
    Over the course of a month, the shape of the moon appears to change a little bit each day in a predictable way. What causes this effect?
    A change in the amount of the sunlit part of the moon visible from Earth as the moon revolves around the Earth.
    A change in the amount of light reflected by the moon
    A change in the moon's distance from Earth.
    A change in the moon's shape due to the clouds on the moon's atmosphere.
  • Q3
    At any moment the sun shines on how much of the moon?
    1/4 of it / 25%
    All of it / 100%
    Half of it / 50%
    3/4 of it / 75%
  • Q4
    What is a lunar phase?
    Light on the dark side of the moon compared to the side that is lit.
    The path of moon takes when it revolves around the Earth.
    The area of the moon that receives light from the sun.
    The shape of the lit area of the moon as seen from Earth.
  • Q5
    The four main phases of the moon each take place in the course of about ...
    14 days
    21 days
    28 days
    7 days
  • Q6
    What is the crescent moon?
    When the moon is in the process of waning
    When the shape is similar than a semicircle, but not completely dark.
    When the moon's shape is the third quarter moon
    When the shape is between a semicircle and a full circle
  • Q7
    The phase between a full moon and a third-quarter moon is called a ...
    waning crescent moon
    waxing crescent moon
    waxing gibbous moon
    Waning gibbous moon
  • Q8
    Which phase of the moon takes place between a new moon and a first quarter moon?
    Waning Crescent
    Waning Gibbous
    Waxing Gibbous
    Waxing Crescent
  • Q9
    You and your friend decide to go sailing in Puget Sound near Seattle. You forgot to check the tide charts and get stranded on a sand bar. How long will need to wait before the tide comes in so your boat will float?
    Our boat is stuck forever and will never float again
    About 6 hours
    At least 24 hours
    At least 12 hours
  • Q10
    The moon seems to change from a full moon to crescent shapes back to a full moon over the course of?
    a single season
    two weeks
    one year
    about a month
  • Q11
    Why is the moon visible from Earth?
    Sunlight that hits the moon is reflected off its surface
    The moon produces light similar to the sun's light, but not as strong.
    The moon produces its own illumination when heated by the sun.
    The moon reflects light from Earth's surface
  • Q12
    Which of these statements is NOT true of lunar phases?
    They change with the seasons.
    They always follow the same pattern
    Each cycle lasts for about a month
    Different amounts of the lit part of the moon become visible as the moon revolves around Earth.
  • Q13
    Where is the moon located during a new moon?
    On the side opposite of Earth from the sun
    Perpendicular to Earth's axis
    High above Earth's orbital plane
    Directly between Earth and the sun
  • Q14
    What were the two main criteria that the Apollo11 astronauts had for their moon mission?
    To explore the dark side of the moon and record their findings
    To establish a scientific base and take pictures of the moon's surface
    To plant the American flag and collect moon rocks
    To land on the moon and safely return to Earth
  • Q15
    Name the moon phase listed above
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    Waning Crescent
    Waxing Gibbous
    Waxing Crescent
    Waning Gibbous

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