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Quiz 4: Properties of Minerals

Choose the best possible answer to the following questions about Key Concept 4 "Primary and secondary diagnostic properties of minerals."


This activity contains 12 questions.

Question 1.
How is a mineral such as quartz physically different from all other minerals based upon the combination of its crystalline structure and chemical composition?

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Question 2.
Which of the following is not a reliable physical property of minerals?

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Question 3.
Why are physical properties such as hardness useful to geologists to identify minerals?

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Question 4.
Which of the following is not considered a primary diagnostic property of minerals?

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Question 5.
What is the difference between a “primary” diagnostic property and a “special” property of a mineral?

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Question 6.
What controls a mineral’s property of hardness?

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Question 7.
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Why does quartz have a higher hardness than calcite?

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Question 8.
What about a mineral would control its property to cleave or fracture?

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Question 9.
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Most glasses and some minerals (like quartz, shown in the figure) exhibit a type of fracture characterized by nested and curved, cracked surfaces. What term describes this property?  

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Question 10.
Which of the following is not a reason why calcite and halite both have the same number of cleavage planes (3), but at different angles?

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Question 11.
Match the following definitions with the appropriate diagnostic property.

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A the tendency of a mineral to break along smooth planar surfaces
B the color of a mineral in its powdered form
C the non-planar manner in which a mineral breaks
D appearance or quality of reflected light from the surface of a mineral
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Question 12.
The Mohs scale of mineral hardness is a relative scale of _________.

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