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Printable Element Photo Quiz

Identify Elements by Photo


Can you identify the elements based on how they look? Here's a printable multiple choice quiz you can take to test yourself. The photos are of the elements in their pure form. The picture may contain additional clues about an element's identity. You might want to look over the element photo gallery before taking the quiz.


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1. Element Photo Quiz - Question #1

Mario Sarto, wikipedia.org
This one is intended to be a confidence builder. These are diamonds. Diamonds are pure:

(a) boron
(b) carbon
(c) iron
(d) nitrogen
(e) oxygen

2. Element Photo Quiz - Question #2

Piece of native copper measuring ~1½ inches (4 cm) in diameter.
Jon Zander
You may encounter this element in pure form fairly often. This metallic element is:

(a) bronze
(b) copper
(c) brass
(d) zinc
(e) gold

3. Element Photo Quiz - Question #3

Crystals of the nonmetallic element sulfur.
Smithsonian Institution
This yellow element is a component of gunpowder. It is:

(a) chlorine
(b) copper
(c) gold
(d) selenium
(e) sulfur

4. Element Photo Quiz - Question #4

The element mercury is a dense silvery liquid at room temperature.
Bionerd, Creative Commons License
This metallic element is a liquid at room temperature. It is:

(a) mercury
(b) lead
(c) iron
(d) iodine
(e) bromine

5. Element Photo Quiz - Question #5

These are crystals of pure gold metal.
Alchemist-hp, Creative Commons License
This yellowish metal occurs in its pure form, but it is usually encountered as an alloy. The element is:

(a) platinum
(b) indium
(c) gold
(d) copper
(e) brass

6. Element Photo Quiz - Question #6

Lead is a heavy metal that is bluish-white when freshly cut, but tarnishes to a dull gray.
L. Chang, wikipedia.org
This metallic element looks much like many others. The big clue for this metal's identity is how it is being used. This element is:

(a) silicon
(b) titanium
(c) iron
(d) lead
(e) beryllium

7. Element Photo Quiz - Question #7

Image of solid, liquid, and gaseous nitrogen.
chemdude1, YouTube.com
You usually encounter this element as a gas, though it is possible to find it in liquid form. You aren't likely to see the solid except in this photo. The element is:

(a) radon
(b) nitrogen
(c) hydrogen
(d) helium
(e) chlorine

8. Element Photo Quiz - Question #8

Uranium is a silvery-white metal.
U.S. Department of Energy
You would wear protective gloves to hold this radioactive element. The metal is warm to the touch. This is:

(a) cerium
(b) iron
(c) lithium
(d) lead
(e) uranium

9. Element Photo Quiz - Question #9

Silicon wafer with a mirror finish.
NASA Glenn Research Center (NASA-GRC)
This element is a semimetal or metalloid. It may be produced in ultra-pure form, though you more commonly encounter its oxides in daily life. This is:

(a) silicon
(b) selenium
(c) bromine
(d) aluminum
(e) cobalt

10. Element Photo Quiz - Question #10

NGC 604, a region of ionized hydrogen in the Triangulum Galaxy.
Hubble Space Telescope, photo PR96-27B
Ok, this isn't totally pure, but the majority of the picture is of one element. It's the most abundant element in the universe. This element is:

(a) oxygen
(b) nitrogen
(c) hydrogen
(d) helium
(e) carbon

11. Answers

1 b, 2 b, 3 e , 4 a, 5 c, 6 d, 7 b, 8 e, 9 a, 10 c

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