Sample Exam Questions
Use this exam to test your skills and understanding once you have completed
your studying. It should allow you to identify week areas that need
attention. The actual exam will have approximately twenty questions
instead of just ten.
_____ 1. The third quarter moon is on the meridian. The time is:
a)6pm b) midnight c) 6am d) noon
_____ 2. What is the circumference of a planet where latitude 30 degrees is 1000 km from the equator?
a) 3000 km b)6000 km c)12000 km d)24000 km
_____ 3. You are standing on the tropic of Cancer and see the Sun pass directly overhead. The date is:
a)March 22 b)June 22 c)September 22 d)December 22
_____ 4. As viewed from above the north pole of the solar system, all planets:
a)orbit clockwise b)orbit counterclockwise c)rotate clockwise d)rotate counterclockwise
_____ 5. A sidereal day is:
a)4minutes longer than a solar day b)4minutes shorter than a solar day c)exactly equal to solar day d)none of these
_____ 6. On the moon:
a)The Sun rises in the East b)the Earth rises in the East c) the Sun rises in the West b) the Earth rises in the West
_____ 7. The inferior planets:
a)are Mercury, Venus and Earth b)have inferior conjunction once each year c)closer to the Sun than the Earth d)all of these.
a)causes the solar position in spring to shift in the sky
b)is caused by the gravitational attraction of the Sun
c)causes RA and DEC to shift.
d)all of these
_____ 9. How long is a night at the north pole of Uranus?
a)8 hr. b)12 hr. c)16 hr. d)42 years
_____ 10. How many times larger in diameter does Mars appear at opposition as opposed to conjunction? (Mars orbits at 1.5 AU)
a)1.5 b)3 c)5 d)9 e)12