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Which of the following best describes Earth's orbital position in our solar system?
a) outside of three smaller planets
b) outside of the gas giants
c) an outer planet
d) an inner planet

Which planet has a fierce hurricane-like storm that is several times the size of Earth?
a) Mars
b) Venus
c) Saturn
d) Jupiter

Which planet is called Earth's twin because it is similar in mass and diameter to Earth?
a) Mars
b) Mercury
c) Venus
d) Jupiter

Orbital velocity is the average speed of a planet moving through space in its orbit around the sun. Which of the following planets has the fastest orbital velocity?
a) Mercury
b) Jupiter
c) Mars
d) Venus

The numerous rocks orbiting the Sun between Jupiter and Mars are
a) comets
b) asteroids
c) meteorites
d) satellites

Which of the following planet positions beginning closest to the Sun is correct?
a) Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars
b) Mercury, Earth, Mars, Venus
c) Venus, Earth, Mercury, Mars
d) Mercury, Venus, Mars, Earth

About how long does it take the Earth to make one complete rotation on its axis?
a) one day
b) one week
c) one month
d) one year

What is the approximate percentage of the Earth that is illuminated by the sun at any given time?
a) 10%
b) 25%
c) 50%
d) 90%

During which portion of the Earth's revolution around the sun is the Northern Hemisphere tilted toward the sun?
a) Vernal equinox
b) Summer solstice
c) Autumnal equinox
d) Winter solstice

When the Earth is at its greatest distance from the sun, its Northern Hemisphere is tilted toward the sun. What season takes place in the Southern Hemisphere at this time?
a) Spring
b) Winter
c) Autumn
d) Summer

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