Sample Test #1 Questions

Geography 1

Instructor – Matt Ebiner


Answers are at the bottom of this page, but try to do these questions without looking at your notes or at the answers.


1.  Which of the following latitudes refers to the Arctic Circle?

                a)  23 ½ N

                b)  66 ½ N

                c)  80N

d)  90N

e)  none of the above


2.  Imagine you start a journey from the Equator at 15W.  If you go northward 45 degrees

and 30 degrees in an eastward direction, what would be your new position?

                a)  45N, 15E

                b)  45N, 45W

                c)  30N, 30E

d)  30N, 45E


3.  If it was 6 pm at the starting location of question #2 (equator, 15W) what time would it be at the other


                a)  3 pm

                b)  4 pm

                c)  5 pm

                d)  7 pm

                e)  8 pm


4.  On what day does the Equator have the sun shining from directly overhead?

                a)  Winter Solstice

                b)  Vernal Equinox

                c)  Summer Solstice

                d)  Everyday


5.  Which of the following statements are true for October 20? (select two answers)

                a)  The Equator has 12 hours of daylight

                b)  The Southern Hemisphere is in its Spring season

                c)  Southern California has more than 12 hours of daylight

                d)  The North Pole is receiving more sunlight than the South Pole


6.  If the temperature is 63F at 6000’ elevation, what would the temperature be at 10,000’?  Use the

 environmental lapse rate to determine your answer.

                a)  28F

                b) 41F

                c)  49F

                d)  77F


7.  Three and a half miles above the earth (18,000’ high):

                a)  Air pressure is half that of sea level

                b)  Is the boundary between the troposphere and the stratosphere

                c)  97% of the atmosphere’s air molecules are below that point

                d)  Is the midpoint between the earth and the outer edge of  the atmosphere


8.  Which of the following would have the highest albedo?

                a)  forest in summer

                b)  A snow-covered field in winter

                c)  The ocean at 12 noon

                d)  A dark-colored surface


9.  Which of the following does NOT absorb much infrared energy from the earth?

                a)  Oxygen

                b)  Carbon Dioxide

                c)  Water Vapor

                d)  Clouds  



1. B

2. A

3. E.

4. B

5. AB

6. C

7. A

8. B

9. A


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