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NATS 1880 Study Guide - Midterm Guide: Exoplanet, Planetary Science, Extraterrestrial Life

Natural Science
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NATS 1880
Richard Gasparini
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Chapter 1
Question 1
Which three branches of science are most important in our study of life in the
Select one:
a. physics, mathematics, and astronomy
b. biology, mathematics, and physics
c. astronomy, planetary science, and biology
d. planetary science, biology, and mathematics
Question 2
At its most fundamental level, the goal of astrobiology is to
Select one:
a. find life beyond the Earth in our Solar System
b. discover the connection between life and the places it is found
c. understand the biological makeup of other, non-carbon based life forms
d. find how and when life on Earth originated
Question 3
The portrayal of nearly all aliens in movies and on TV as being humanoid is
Select one:
a. realistic because the human form has several unique qualities that make it a
good choice for any advanced civilization
b. probably unrealistic because the human form is most likely a result of the
particular conditions and events that occurred on the Earth
c. based on the fact that the human form is the only possible form for an
advanced civilization
d. based on the fact that it would be impossible for us to understand anything that
wasn't very similar to a human
Question 4
Among the other planets in our own Solar System, probably the most likely place
to find evidence for life that may exist now or may have existed in the past is on
Select one:
a. Jupiter
b. Mars
c. Mercury
d. Venus
Question 5
The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) program primarily involves
Select one:
a. broadcasting signals for other advanced civilizations to receive
b. searching for life in our solar system
c. searching for life on planets known to orbit around other stars
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d. listening for radio signals broadcast by advanced civilizations
Question 6
Planets orbiting around stars other than our Sun are known as
Select one:
a. stellar planets
b. extraterrestrial planets
c. extrasolar- OR Exo- planets
d. astroplanets
Question 7
Within a couple of decades, we will probably be
Select one:
a. able to travel to planets and moons around other stars
b. able to detect the spectral signatures of life on planets and moons around
other stars
c. communicating with advanced civilizations that have travelled to Earth from
distant star systems
d. still no closer to detecting the signs of extraterrestrial life than we are today
Question 8
If life is eventually found in the solar system, it will most likely be in the form of
Select one:
a. little green men and women
b. animals
c. plants
d. microbes
Question 9
While planets in our Solar System have been observed since the dawn of time,
exoplanets are by comparison a recent discovery. Approximately when was the
first exoplanet discovered?
Select one:
a. Mid 1990s
b. Mid 19th century
c. Mid 1970s
d. Early 20th century
Question 10
Based upon our preliminary discussions of where life may be found in our Solar
System, which of the following locations is considered least likely to harbour
Select one:
a. A Meteorite
b. Mars
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