Land Title: Environmental Science: Systems and Solutions, Fourth Edition Authors: Michael I. McKinney, Robert M. Schoch, Logan Yonavjak
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1:  Identify the single largest source of commercial energy.
A: coal
B: nuclear
C: gas
D: oil

2:  Which of the following statements about energy use seems to be the most likely INCORRECT?
A: Global fuel demands will continue to increase.
B: Fossil fuels will not be able to supply global demands in the next 30 years.
C: Future energy demands can be met with increased exploration for more fossil fuels.
D: Future energy demands do not necessarily mean a decreased standard of living for the MDCs.

3:  At current rates of consumption, the existant supply of coal could last another
A: 200 years
B: 150 years
C: 75 years
D: 20 years

4:  Which of the following statements is true about electrical energy?
A: Enough is produced only as needed.
B: Large power plants are very inefficient.
C: Standard internal combustion turbines are more efficient than larger plants.
D: Utility companies need to sustain a reserve capacity for when other plants may be shut down.

5:  The primary sources of commercial energy worldwide in decreasing order of importance are
A: oil, coal, natural gas
B: coal, oil, natural gas
C: natural gas, oil, coal
D: coal, natural gas, oil

6:  Which of the following statements is true about oil?
A: Primary reserves of oil are in the Middle East.
B: Oil use continues to escalate.
C: Since the Exxon Valdez, oil spills have been under control.
D: Oil provides nearly 60 percent of the globe's commercial energy.

7:  Which of the following statements is true about coal?
A: Coal is more abundant than oil, but its deposits are more localized.
B: Coal emits more carbon dioxide than either oil or natural gas.
C: Coal gasification and liquefaction techniques have proved to be too difficult to overcome.
D: It is clear that the future portends major increases in coal usage.

8:  Which of the following statements is true about natural gas?
A: Natural gas reserves are found only where there is oil.
B: Natural gas consumption, because of limited supplies, has recently tumbled worldwide.
C: Natural gas burns hotter than oil but releases more pollutants.
D: Natural gas reserves are globally more evenly distributed than oil reserves.

9:  According to the second law of thermodynamics
A: energy is lost when a fuel is transformed from one form to another.
B: energy becomes more random when transformed from one form to another.
C: entropy decreases as gasoline is burned.
D: energy can be neither created nor destroyed.

10:  Which of the following statements is most likely true about concerning the 1973 oil crises and its aftermath.
A: The crisis made America aware that conservation may be necessary and that the U.S. was too dependent on foreign oil.
B: The crisis was used as an excuse by the Reagan administration to artificially inflate the price of gasoline.
C: The crisis was engineered by the American oil companies in order to raise the price of a barrel of oil, and hence, gasoline.
D: The crisis was over as quickly as it began because the OPEC countries feared invasion by the industrialized West.

11:  Oil shale
A: is expected to play a significant role in energy production in the future.
B: contains no oil, but hydrocarbon precursors called kerogens.
C: is distributed worldwide but technology for extraction is currently not developed.
D: contains highly refined oil but deposits are too scarce to be of value.

12:  Which of the following statements is true?
A: Nuclear power is decreasing world-wide since the Chernobyl disaster.
B: France produces more energy with nuclear power than any other country.
C: Nuclear power generation, although potentially dangerous, has proved to be comparatively inexpensive.
D: The U.S. has curtailed its nuclear power building plans allowing other nations to surpass it in research and development.

13:  Which of the following statements is true?
A: Uranium 235 and 238 are fissionable radioactive isotopes.
B: Neutrons must be slowed down in order to be captured by fissionable U-235.
C: Moderators are designed to slow down chain reactions to prevent runaways.
D: Fully inserted control rods increase the speed of the chain reactions.

14:  What is the moderator used in all U.S. commercial nuclear power plants?
A: water
B: graphite
C: beryllium
D: sodium

15:  Identify the correct statement.
A: Plutonium-239 can be made when U-238 captures a neutron.
B: Chernobyl-type reactors use water as a moderator.
C: Light water reactors have proved to be unreliable and are scheduled for decommission.
D: If a nuclear reactor should fail, containment vessels are worthless.

16:  Fusion reactions
A: join hydrogen and oxygen to form water.
B: have never been accomplished on earth.
C: require extremely high temperatures.
D: can never be accomplished commercially since the containment vessels always melt.

17:  Identify the statement that is NOT correct.
A: Mining and processing uranium has ruined land and posses health problems.
B: Uranium deposits are unevenly distributed throughout the globe.
C: Nuclear power has been the safest form of large-scale commercial power generation to date.
D: Lower-grade deposits of uranium are rare but its development is commercially viable at present.

18:  Which of the following about the pros and cons of nuclear power seems to be the most INCORRECT?
A: Nuclear power seems to be safer than coal power.
B: Nuclear power produces little in the way of harmful greenhouse gases.
C: Nuclear power has greatly decreased U.S. dependency on foreign oil.
D: The biggest worry of the public concerning nuclear power is radiation.

19:  Which of the following is most likely true about radiation?
A: The aged are more susceptible to radiation than children.
B: Frequent flying may expose one to excess cosmic rays.
C: Exposure to a large dose of radiation is more harmful than exposure to an equivalent dose over a long period f time.
D: The release of small amounts of radionuclides from a nuclear power plant is probably harmless.

20:  What appears to be the ultimate cause of the Chernobyl disaster?
A: operator error
B: faulty building design
C: lack of back-up safety devices
D: terrorists

21:  Identify the most correct statement.
A: Unlike commercial nuclear waste problems, the U.S. military has been successful in safely disposing of nuclear wastes on military installations.
B: The U.S. has extended its plans to decommission its nuclear facilities for up to 20 more years.
C: The production of new nuclear power plants has decreased in the East as well as the West.
D: Germany is the only Western European country continuing its production of new nuclear power plants.

22:  From Table 7-1, determine which country depends the most on nuclear generators for their electricity. How many generators do they have?
A: Belgium; 7
B: France; 59
C: Slovenia; 1
D: United States; 104

23:  Plutonium-239 has a half-life of about 24,000 years. If we start with ten ounces of plutonium-239, how long would it take before the radioactivity level would be 1/10 of the initial level?
A: A little more than 48,000
B: A little more than 72,000 years
C: A little more than 96,000
D: A little more than 108,000 years

24:  Iodine-131 has a half-life of eight days. If we start with 10 ounces of I-131, approximately how long would it take before the radioactivity would be 1/10 of the starting level?
A: A little more than 8 days
B: A little more than 16 days
C: A little more than 24 days
D: A little more than 32 days

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