Worksheet: Polymers and the Environment

In this worksheet, we will practice evaluating the advantages and disadvantages of plastics and their place in our society and consider environmental concerns.

Q1:

Which of the following is a disadvantage of using plastic cooking utensils rather than ones made from metal?

  • AThey are cheaper.
  • BThey are easier to mold.
  • CThey are corrosion resistant.
  • DThey are lighter.
  • EThey have lower heat resistance.

Q2:

Which of the following is a disadvantage of burning plastic?

  • AIt produces toxic gases.
  • BIt reduces the need for landfill.
  • CIt reduces visual pollution.
  • DThe heat created can be used as energy.
  • EIt reduces risk to wildlife.

Q3:

Which of the following is not a pollution problem caused by certain types of plastic?

  • AAnimals ingest small pieces of plastic.
  • BSmall animals can become trapped inside plastic containers.
  • CSeabirds can get the plastic stuck in their throats.
  • DDrains can become blocked with plastic waste.
  • EMicrobeads of plastic are used in cosmetics.

Q4:

Many food products, like orange juice, which were once stored in glass are now stored in plastic containers. Which of the following is not an advantage of using glass?

  • AGlass containers can be reused many times, while plastic containers can only be used once.
  • BGlass production happens in fewer stages than plastic production.
  • CAround 50% of a new glass container is recycled glass, while plastic containers are made from 10% recycled plastic.
  • DThe raw materials for glass are sand, limestone, and salt, while the raw material for plastic is crude oil.
  • EGlass containers are produced in a few specific sizes, while plastic containers are made in many sizes.

Q5:

Why are household wires coated in plastic?

  • APlastic is brittle.
  • BPlastic is hard.
  • CPlastic melts at a low temperature.
  • DPlastic is a polymer.
  • EPlastic is an insulator.

Q6:

When considering plastics, which of the following describes the meaning of the term biodegradable?

  • APlastic can be used to produce compost.
  • BPlastic takes over 100 years to decompose.
  • CPlastic takes up space on a landfill site.
  • DPlastic leaves harmful materials behind when it is broken down.
  • EPlastic can be decomposed by bacteria, organisms, or fungi.

Q7:

When manufacturing goods, which of the following objects do not depend heavily on plastic?

  • AToys
  • BElectronics
  • CTextiles
  • DPackaging
  • EFurniture

Q8:

Which of the following is an advantage of recycling plastic?

  • AIt is an expensive process.
  • BIt reduces the quality of the plastic each time.
  • CIt conserves crude oil.
  • DIt is difficult to sort.
  • EIt uses a lot of energy.

Q9:

Which of the following is an advantage of recycling plastic?

  • APlastic recycling generates low-quality jobs.
  • BPlastics can often only be recycled one time.
  • CMelting plastics for recycling generates carbon emissions.
  • DVolatile organic compounds are released when plastics are melted.
  • EThe amount of energy used during the production of recycled plastics is reduced.

Q10:

Which of the following is a disadvantage of recycling plastic?

  • AMinimization of waste in landfills
  • BReduction of pollution
  • CEnvironmental conservation
  • DPreservation of natural resources
  • ELeaching of plastic resin into food

Nagwa uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Learn more about our Privacy Policy.