Astronomy current events question: Mercury's Great Valley

Astronomy 210L, fall semester 2016
Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA

Students are assigned to read online articles on current astronomy events, and take a short current events quiz during the first 10 minutes of lab. (This motivates students to show up promptly to lab, as the time cut-off for the quiz is strictly enforced!)
Lauren Lipoma, "Great Valley Found on Mercury" (November 16, 2016)
The newly discovered Great Valley on Mercury may provide evidence of __________ caused by gradual shrinking.
(A) past asteroid impacts.
(B) earthquakes.
(C) crust distortions.
(D) flowing water.
(E) lava flows.

Correct answer: (C)

Student responses
Sections 70178, 70186
(A) : 0 students
(B) : 0 students
(C) : 21 students
(D) : 3 students
(E) : 1 student

1 comment:

Patrick M. Len said...

Astronomy 210L, spring semester 2017
Student responses (done on the first day of lab, so these students were not assigned to read this article before responding to this current events quiz question)
Sections 30679, 30680
(A) : 9 students
(B) : 4 students
(C) : 16 students
(D) : 11 students
(E) : 8 students