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MUSE | Earth-Moon-Sun Dynamics | Coures Overview and Materials | Building the EMS Model | Course Material 2F: Seasons | Assessment: Pretest


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Assessment: Pretest

1. Circle ALL that apply: We experience summer in Monona, Wisconsin when

  1. the Northern Hemisphere is tilted away from the Sun
  2. the Northern Hemisphere is tiled toward the Sun
  3. the Earth is at a place in its orbit where Wisconsin is as close to the Sun as possible
  4. the Earth is at a place in its orbit where Wisconsin is as far from the Sun as possible

2. At NOON in Wisconsin, your shadow

  1. would be shortest on March 21
  2. would be shortest on June 21
  3. would be shortest on December 21
  4. would not change in length throughout the year

3. Explain your answer to question #2.

4. During the period from June 21 (beginning of summer) to December 21 (beginning of winter) in Monona, the Sun rises later and later and sets earlier and earlier. Thus, we have shorter and shorter days. Explain how that happens.

5. It is summer in Monona (42° N). In Tecka, Argentina (42° S), it is

  1. summer
  2. fall
  3. spring
  4. winter

6. Explain your answer to question #5 above.

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