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Common physical properties of minerals include all of the following except __________.
a) Flammability
b) Luster
c) Hardness
d) Appearance/Color

Talc is the softest mineral. The scale used to test hardness of minerals for identification is:
a) Moh's Scale
b) Geologic Time Scale
c) Mercalli Scale
d) Richter Scale

Streak measures the color of a mineral's __________.
a) powder
b) surface
c) crystals
d) atoms

An inorganic crystalline solid is formed in a lab. Why is it not a mineral?
a) It is not naturally occurring.
b) It is inorganic.
c) It is a solid.
d) It is a crystal.

Which of the following is an example of a mineral?
a) coal
b) concrete
c) steel
d) quartz

Because minerals do not come from once-living materials, they are said to be ___.
a) crystalline
b) solid
c) colorful
d) inorganic

Water is not a mineral because...
a) it is not a solid
b) it takes the shape of it's container
c) it forms crystals
d) it is inorganic

Why would ice be considered a mineral if water is not?
a) it is a solid
b) All of the listed criteria
c) inorganically formed
d) has crystalline structure

It's the true color of the mineral in its powdered form...
a) Luster
b) Cleavage
c) Hardness
d) Streak

A substance made up of atoms of two or more different elements joined by chemical bonds.
a) Compound
b) Mineral
c) Mixture
d) Element

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