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Physical Geography Practice Quiz: Seasons and the Earth's Orbit I

Test your knowledge with this physical geography practice quiz


1. The Earth’s axis is inclined approximately _____ degrees from the perpendicular to the plane of the ecliptic.

A. 10

B. 23.5

C. 66.5

D. 0

E. 50.5


2. Where is the subsolar point on March 20?

A. At the Arctic Circle

B. At the Tropic of Cancer

C. At the equator

D. At the South Pole

E. At the Tropic of Capricorn


3. On December 21, the Sun’s rays are directly striking what?

A. The equator

B. The Tropic of Cancer

C. The North Pole

D. The Tropic of Capricorn

E. The circle of illumination


4. The Earth is closest to the Sun on what date?

A. January 3

B. March 20

C. June 21

D. July 4

E. December 21


5. What is the latitude of the Tropic of Capricorn?

A. 66.5 degrees north

B. 23.5 degrees north

C. 0 degrees

D. 23.5 degrees south

E. 66.5 degrees south


6. Approximately how many hours of daylight does the equator receive on March 20?

A. 6 hours

B. 0 hours

C. 24 hours

D. 8 hours

E. 12 hours


7. What is the latitude of the Antarctic Circle?

A. 66.5 degrees south

B. 23.5 degrees south

C. 0 degrees

D. 45.5 degrees north

E. 66.5 degrees north


8. Which of the following is true between June 21 and September 22?

A. Day length is getting longer in the Northern Hemisphere

B. The Southern Hemisphere is in the middle of summer

C. The South Pole is getting 24 hours of daylight

D. Day length is getting shorter in the Southern Hemisphere

E. Day length is getting shorter in the Northern Hemisphere


9. What is the latitude of the South Pole?

A. 90 degrees north

B. 23.5 degrees east

C. 90 degrees west

D. 90 degrees south

E. 66.5 degrees south


10. What is 66.5 degrees north latitude called?

A. The Tropic of Capricorn

B. The Antarctic Circle

C. The equator

D. The Arctic Circle

E. The prime meridian