Env Sci/Physics 141: The Solar System

Steven Dutch, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
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  1. Deimos and Phobos are the two tiny, asteroid-like satellites of
    1. Mercury
    2. Venus
    3. Pluto
    4. Mars
  2. The planet with the densest atmosphere:
    1. Mars
    2. Venus
    3. Earth
    4. Titan
    5. Triton
  3. Which planet has the slowest rotation?
    1. Mercury
    2. Mars
    3. Venus
    4. Jupiter
    5. Earth
  4. Which planet has the fastest rotation?
    1. Mercury
    2. Mars
    3. Venus
    4. Jupiter
    5. Earth
  5. Which is the smallest planet?
    1. Pluto
    2. Mars
    3. Mercury
    4. Venus
  6. Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are collectively called
    1. the Jovian planets
    2. the gas giants
    3. both a and b
    4. neither a nor b
  7. Which object has not yet been visited by a spacecraft?
    1. Pluto
    2. Mars
    3. Mercury
    4. Uranus
    5. Saturn
  8. Which planet has not yet been visited by manned spacecraft?
    1. Mercury
    2. Jupiter
    3. Mars
    4. Venus
    5. none of the above have been visited by manned spacecraft
  9. Lacks a magnetic field
    1. Mercury
    2. Jupiter
    3. Venus
    4. Saturn
  10. Most of what we know about the surface of this planet comes from radar mapping.
    1. Mercury
    2. Jupiter
    3. Venus
    4. Saturn
    5. Mars
  11. What bodies in the solar system orbit between Mars and Jupiter?
    1. comets
    2. astroblemes
    3. meteoroids
    4. Kuiper Belt objects
    5. asteroids
  12. The only satellite known to have a substantial atmosphere is:
    1. Io
    2. Titan
    3. Phobos
    4. Miranda
    5. Europa
  13. The only body in the solar system (Earth excluded) known to have active volcanism:
    1. Io
    2. Titan
    3. Phobos
    4. Miranda
    5. Europa
  14. Which of these is NOT a characteristic of the Jovian planets?
    1. large size
    2. composed mostly of gases and ices
    3. located beyond the orbit of Mars
    4. have thin atmospheres
    5. all of these are characteristics
  15. The smallest planet in the solar system is:
    1. Venus
    2. Mercury
    3. Uranus
    4. Pluto
    5. Mars
  16. The high surface temperatures of this planet have been attributed to the greenhouse effect:
    1. Venus
    2. Mercury
    3. Uranus
    4. Pluto
    5. Mars
  17. This planet has a densely cratered surface similar to that of the moon:
    1. Venus
    2. Mercury
    3. Uranus
    4. Pluto
    5. Mars
  18. The planet with the greatest temperature extremes is:
    1. Venus
    2. Mercury
    3. Uranus
    4. Pluto
    5. Mars
  19. This terrestrial planet is shrouded in a thick cloud cover making earthbound telescopic observation of its surface impossible:
    1. Venus
    2. Mercury
    3. Uranus
    4. Pluto
    5. Mars
  20. This planet contains Olympus Mons, the largest known volcano in the solar system:
    1. Venus
    2. Mercury
    3. Uranus
    4. Pluto
    5. Mars
  21. Which of these is not a terrestrial planet?
    1. Earth
    2. Uranus
    3. Mercury
    4. Mars
    5. Venus
  22. This planet has ice caps which change in size with the changing seasons:
    1. Venus
    2. Mercury
    3. Uranus
    4. Pluto
    5. Mars
  23. One of the planets known to have rings:
    1. Venus
    2. Mercury
    3. Uranus
    4. Pluto
    5. Mars
  24. This planet shows evidence of water erosion:
    1. Venus
    2. Mercury
    3. Uranus
    4. Pluto
    5. Mars
  25. This body has a giant multi-ringed impact basin
    1. Mercury
    2. Venus
    3. Europa
    4. Saturn
  26. Which planet is nearest the Earth in size and mass?
    1. Mercury
    2. Mars
    3. Venus
    4. Pluto
  27. Which planet lacks have rings?
    1. Jupiter
    2. Uranus
    3. Saturn
    4. Neptune
    5. None - they all have rings
  28. Rings must lie exactly above the ____Plane of a planet.
    1. equatorial
    2. ecliptic
    3. Polar
    4. Nodal
  29. The sharp edges of rings are probably due to
    1. Shepherd moons
    2. Erosion by meteors
    3. Radiation from the Sun
    4. Friction with the planet's atmosphere
    5. Gravitational pull of the rings themselves
  30. Gaps and waves in planetary rings are created by
    1. The gravitational pull of the planet's satellites
    2. Outbursts from the Sun
    3. Friction with the planet's atmosphere
    4. Meteors punching through the rings
  31. When two planetary objects move in step with each other, they are said to be in
    1. Resonance
    2. Transit
    3. Conjunction
    4. Phase
    5. Harmony
  32. It is possible for objects to have a stable orbit 60 degrees ahead or behind a planet. This configuration is sometimes called
    1. Equilateral
    2. Symmetrical
    3. Trojan
    4. Resonant
    5. Tidal
  33. Which has not yet been found to have volcanoes?
    1. Earth
    2. Mars
    3. Io
    4. Ganymede
    5. Venus
  34. This object lacks an atmosphere
    1. Titan
    2. Venus
    3. Mercury
    4. Mars
  35. The only planet whose axis of rotation is nearly in its own orbital plane is:
    1. Venus
    2. Neptune
    3. Saturn
    4. Pluto
    5. Uranus
  36. Which of the following is not a terrestrial planet?
    1. Mercury
    2. Venus
    3. Jupiter
    4. Mars
    5. Earth
  37. The age of the solar system is generally accepted by scientists as:
    1. 4.6 billion years
    2. 20 billion years
    3. 10 billion years
    4. 50 billion years
    5. 15.5 billion years
  38. The major problem that plagued most early theories of the origin of the solar system involved the:
    1. distribution of elements throughout the solar system
    2. rotation of the planets around their axes
    3. slow rotation of the Sun
    4. revolution of the planets around the Sun
    5. source of meteorites and asteroids
  39. The surface of Mars possesses:
    1. huge valleys
    2. smooth plains
    3. massive volcanoes
    4. all of these
    5. large craters
  40. Which of the following events did all of the terrestrial planets experience early in their history?
    1. accretion
    2. meteorite impacting
    3. differentiation
    4. all of these
    5. volcanism
  41. Images radioed back by Voyagers 1 and 2 revealed that:
    1. all of the Jovian planets have rings
    2. Neptune and Uranus both have little atmospheric activity
    3. Uranus has a large spot like those of Jupiter and Neptune
    4. Pluto has an atmosphere similar to that of Mars
    5. all of these

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