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Astronomy Exam
First Quarter, Observations

Dr Jamie Love © 1997 - 2011

Hello and welcome to your first observational exam. This will test your knowledge of the materials covered in the first 12 lessons (the First Quarter) of this course particularly in Lessons 2, 5, 9 and 10. You might want to have a quick review of those lessons before taking this exam.

Self Evaluation Test - Pretest info

When you choose an answer you will get a "pop-up" response indicating whether you got it right or wrong and providing feedback. This immediate feedback is a learning tool so read each reply carefully. I suggest that the first time you take the test, you simply stick with your original answers, complete the test and submit it for a grade. This will give you an idea of what you have learned so far and is more like a "regular" test. (Whatever that is. ) Your answers will be graded and each one will be scored Correct or Wrong. Once you have the score and the list of incorrect answers you can use your "Back Button" to return to your exam and correct your errors. This second time with the exam you can carefully read each response, learn from it and choose the right answer Ė then submit your perfect score for a final grade. Important note : on some browsers (some Internet Explorers) when you use the page down button to scroll down you will end up shifting your checked answer to the next one down the line! If that happens to you, use your mouse to scroll - not the keyboard.


Self Evaluation Test
Choose the best answer by selecting one of the buttons. When you get to the bottom of the page, submit your answers.

The image below is a large piece of the sky looking towards the northern portion of the night sky. You should be able to get your bearings from it and identify the stars that are labeled.

1 : The star labeled "A" is ...

Alkaid.
Phad.
Dubhe.
Polaris.

2 : The star labeled "B" is ...

Chaph.
Phad.
Dubhe.
Polaris.

3 : The star labeled "C" is ...

Alkaid.
Chaph.
Dubhe.
Polaris.

4 : The star labeled "D" is ...

Alkaid.
Phad.
Dubhe.
Polaris.

5 : The star labeled "E" is ...

Alkaid.
Chaph.
Dubhe.
Polaris.

This image below is a large piece of the sky looking towards the southern portion of the night sky soon after sunset. Iíve drawn in some lines to connect some stars into familiar constellations. Use them to identify each constellation.

6 : What is the constellation that I have labeled "A"?

AURIGA
CANIS MINOR
GEMINI
TAURUS

7 : What is the constellation that I have labeled "B"?

CANIS MAJOR
CANIS MINOR
ORION
TAURUS

8 : What is the constellation that I have labeled "C"?

CANIS MAJOR
CANIS MINOR
ORION
TAURUS

This image below of the Moon below has a few familiar landmarks labeled for you to identify.

9. What is the name of the mare labeled "A"?

Mare Crisium (Sea of Crises)
Mare Tranquillitatis (Sea of Tranquillity)
Mare Imbrium (Sea of Showers)
Mare Fecunditatis (Sea of Fertility)

10. What is the name of the crater labeled "B"?

Archimedes
Copernicus
Kepler
Tycho

11. What is the name of the crater labeled "C"?

Archimedes
Copernicus
Kepler
Tycho

12. The crater labeled "D" is normally much brighter than in this image. During a Full Moon (not this simulated image) its rays stretch into all four quadrants. What is the name of the crater labeled "D"?

Tycho
Archimedes
Copernicus
Kepler

This image below is a large piece of the sky looking towards the southern portion of the night sky soon after sunset. I've labeled some stars that you should be able to identify.

13 : What is the star labeled "A"?

Sirius
Castor
Capella
Pollux

14 : What is the star labeled "B"?

Sirius
Castor
Capellaz
Pollux

15 : What is the star labeled "C"?

Sirius
Castor
Capella
Aldebaran

16 : What is the star labeled "D"?

Procyon
Sirius
Rigel
Aldebaran

17 : What is the star labeled "E"?

Procyon
Sirius
Rigel
Aldebaran

18 : What is the star labeled "F"?

Sirius
Rigel
Betelguese
Aldebaran

19 : What is the star labeled "G"?

Sirius
Rigel
Betelguese
Aldebaran

20 : What is the star labeled "H"?

Sirius
Rigel
Betelguese
Aldebaran


You can now submit your exam to for grading. If your answers were less than perfect you will receive a score and a list of Incorrect (and Correct) replies. Then you can use your "Back Button" to return to this page and correct your earlier errors. Once you have corrected all your earlier errors (by rechoosing a correct answer when you were told you are wrong), you will get a perfect score.


Principles of Astronomy is copyright protected, is the sole property of the author (Dr Jamie Love © 1997 - 2011) and is sold exclusively by Merlin Science. Any form of reproduction by any media is strictly forbidden.
In this sample, only the first quarter of the course is available. The remaining section are included in the complete hypertextbook, which does not have the advertisements displayed here in this sample. To learn more about the course and hypertextbook, visit the Principles of Astronomy website.