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TEST NAME: CMS SCI PRACTICE MIDTERM EXAM

TEST ID: 1166231


GRADE: 06 - Sixth Grade
SUBJECT: Life and Physical Sciences
TEST CATEGORY: District Benchmark

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08/13/16, CMS SCI PRACTICE MIDTERM EXAM
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1. Which of these describes a property of all elements?


A. All elements are metals.
B. All elements have six electrons.
C. All elements are pure substances.
D. All elements exist in the solid phase.

2. Which list contains only objects made up of atoms?


A. steel, water, sand, dolphin
B. light, rock, apple, squirrel
C. palm tree, electricity, salt, air
D. paper, vinegar, heat, helium

3. What has occurred when bubbles form in a liquid that is being heated?
A. Oxygen is absorbed from the air.
B. Heat is radiating in the liquid.
C. The boiling point has been reached.
D. Molecular stability in the liquid is increasing.

4. Anita heats a beaker containing water. As the temperature of the water increases, which change
to the water molecules occurs?
A. The molecules move at a faster rate.
B. The molecules become more massive.
C. The molecules expand and become wider.
D. The molecules separate into atoms of hydrogen and oxygen.

5. Mercury and gold are both metals. Unlike gold, mercury cannot be used to make jewelry
because it is a liquid at room temperature. The difference in the state of matter is an example of
which type of property?
A. chemical
B. electrical
C. nuclear
D. physical

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6. A student has two identical boxes. The student fills one box with bundled newspapers and the
second box with shredded paper.

Which statement about the boxes is most accurate?


A. The masses of the boxes are the same.
B. The volumes of the boxes are the same.
C. The full boxes have the same densities.
D. The full boxes contain the same amount of paper.

7. Which statement is true about visible light?


A. Humans cannot see any light from the electromagnetic spectrum.
B. Visible light makes up a small part of the electromagnetic spectrum.
C. Visible light has a frequency equal to that of gamma rays.
D. Humans can see visible light only as white light.

8. During an earthquake, three types of waves are created. All three waves arrive at a seismograph
station at different times because
A. waves have numerous collisions with objects.
B. waves have a difficult time traveling through Earth.
C. waves slow down as they pass from one rock type to another.
D. waves travel through different substances at different rates of speed.

9. Sound waves cause the eardrum to

A. rotate.
B. vibrate.
C. inflate.
D. elevate.

10. The best example of heat transfer by convection is when

A. sunlight warms soil.


B. a ceiling fan blows air.
C. flames heat up a pan.
D. heat rises in a chimney.

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11. Miranda wraps her hands around a mug of hot tea.

The heat from the hot tea is being transferred to Mirandas hands primarily by
A. conduction.
B. convection.
C. absorption.
D. radiation.

12. Scientists use large optical telescopes to obtain information about the planets in the solar
system. What wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation provide this information?
A. gamma radiation
B. infrared radiation
C. radio waves
D. visible light

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13. When a rope is moved up and down between two people, a wave is formed.

The up and down movement of the rope from person to person is most likely used to model how
energy is
A. always conserved.
B. converted by gravity.
C. lost to the environment.
D. transferred through a medium.

14. The volume of a sound depends on the amplitude of the sound waves. The lower the amplitude
of a sound wave, the quieter the sound. Which of the following sound waves illustrates the
quietest sound?
A.

B.

C.

D.

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15. A class made a solar cooker out of a large can. What color should they paint the can in order to
collect the most heat?
A. black
B. green
C. pink
D. white

16. Electrical wires are coated with a rubber-like material because this material is a good

A. resistor.
B. magnet.
C. insulator.
D. conductor.

17. Which of the following has the greatest direct influence on movement of the lithosphere?

A. the Sun
B. the Moon
C. Earths core
D. Earths mantle

18. Due to extreme pressure, the inner core of Earth is

A. solid.
B. liquid.
C. gas.
D. plasma.

19. Which feature does not form as a result of tectonic plates diverging?

A. trench
B. rift valley
C. ocean basin
D. mid-ocean ridge

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20. The diagram shows two converging oceanic plates.

As Plate 1 subducts under Plate 2, what will most likely begin to form at Point 3?
A. mid-ocean ridge
B. strike-slip fault
C. volcanic island
D. rift zone

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