Lesson Worksheet: Plate Tectonics Theory Geology

In this worksheet, we will practice explaining the concepts of plate tectonics theory and comparing between the three types of plate boundaries: convergent, divergent, and transform.


True or False: Divergent plate boundaries are destructive and convergent plate boundaries are constructive.

  • ATrue
  • BFalse


At an oceanic–continental convergent plate boundary, why does the oceanic plate always get subducted?

  • ABecause it is hotter
  • BBecause it is denser
  • CBecause it is lighter
  • DBecause it is more rigid
  • EBecause it is more felsic


True or False: Earth’s surface consists of multiple large lithospheric plates that are either oceanic or continental.

  • ATrue
  • BFalse


True or False: Divergent, convergent, and transform are all types of tectonic plate boundaries.

  • ATrue
  • BFalse


True or False: At divergent plate boundaries, plates are moving toward each other.

  • ATrue
  • BFalse


Which of the following best describes convergent plate movement?

  • APlates that are stationary
  • BPlates moving toward each other
  • CPlates moving away from each other
  • DPlates moving alongside each other in the same direction
  • EPlates moving alongside each other in opposite directions


True or False: Oceanic plates are composed of sima layers, which are dense and basaltic.

  • ATrue
  • BFalse


Which process occurs at divergent plate boundaries?

  • ASeafloor spreading
  • BSeafloor contraction
  • CPlate destruction
  • DPlate subduction
  • EVolcanic arc formation


Which geological feature can be found at a convergent plate boundary?

  • AFold mountains
  • BVolcanic island arc
  • CBatholith
  • DOceanic trench
  • EAll of the answers are correct.


True or False: No subduction happens at transform plate boundaries.

  • ATrue
  • BFalse

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