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What is the amount of the Earth's surface that is covered in desert?
a) 1/5
b) 3/4
c) 1/2
d) 1/8

The largest desert in the world is a polar desert.
a) True
b) False

The Sahara is the hottest and largest desert in the world.
a) True
b) False

Which of the following is NOT an example of an adaptation that allows plants to survive in the desert?
a) Plants that have leaves with a waxy coating.
b) Perfoming the processes of photosynthesis and transpiration separately.
c) Plants with broad, flat leaves.
d) Cacti having dense spines that create shade.

What is the term for a creek or river bed that is dry almost the entire year, except for the rainy season?
a) Rain Shadow
b) Wash
c) Alluvial Fan
d) Ephemeral

Where is the Sahara desert located?
a) North America
b) South America
c) North Africa
d) Australia

During the day in a desert, temperature are very hot. What is the temperature like during the night?
a) hot
b) humid
c) warm
d) cold

Dry lake beds, like those in Death Valley, can hold water after a rainfall. These dry lakes are known as
a) playas
b) wash
c) arroyos
d) sand dunes

Some wildflowers remain dormant in the desert soil, until after a heavy rainfall. These wildflowers are called
a) succulents
b) ephemerals
c) annuals
d) perennials

Which is the best description of a succulent plant?
a) They have large, broad leaves.
b) They have thorns and lack leaves.
c) They store water in their stems or leaves.
d) They have large root systems.

What is an alluvial fan?
a) A type of desert plant that stores water in its stems or leaves.
b) A type of desert plant that does remains dormant until a heavy rainfall.
c) A flat bottom depression or dry lake.
d) A large deposit of debris formed from flooding at the base of a desert mountain.

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