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Which of the following minerals, when in the form of sand, can be used to manufacture glass?
a) gypsum
b) quartz
c) calcite
d) diamond

Which mineral is easily identified by smell?
a) galena
b) pyrite
c) quartz
d) sulfur

Which of the following minerals found in the northern Piedmont province is known as "fool's gold"?
a) pyrite
b) hematite
c) galena
d) limonite

Hydrochloric acid fizzes when it is dropped on what mineral?
a) limestone
b) sandstone
c) iron
d) calcite

Which property is shared by many gemstones, such as diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds and topaz?
a) extreme hardness
b) high specific gravity
c) carbon as the primary element
d) ductility

Which of these mineral properties cannot be used to identify a mineral?
a) luster
b) hardness
c) mass
d) streak

Which of the following properties refers to the colored powder resulting from rubbing a mineral against a harder surface?
a) hardness
b) luster
c) cleavage
d) streak

What mineral property would you be trying to determine if you had water, a balance and a mineral?
a) crystal arrangement
b) hardness
c) specific gravity or density
d) brittleness

Which of the following minerals is the softest on Moh's Hardness Scale?
a) diamond
b) fluorite
c) quartz
d) talc

What is an ore?
a) An ore is a rock containing gemstones
b) An ore is a type of igneous rock with many large inclusions of different minerals
c) An ore is a mineral or combination of minerals from which useful substances can be removed
d) Ore is another name for fold, silver, or other precious metals

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