ASTR 1P01/02: Introduction to Astronomy I/II
Practice Questions

Please solve the following questions. This is not an assignment, it will not be graded, and you do not need to submit your solutions to anyone. The questions are simply intended to help you practice for the exam.

These questions will not appear in the exam itself. Students who don't genuinely attempt to solve the questions on their own, and only memorize the solutions, will have a very hard time in the actual exam!

These questions are not multiple-choice, to encourage you to think of the answers on your own, but the questions in the actual exam will be multiple-choice.

If you need any clarifications for these questions, you can ask for them on the course Teams channel.

Question 1

Which ancient culture is thought to be the first to associate gods with celestial bodies?

Question 2

Who was the Mesopotamian god of the Sun?

Question 3

Which day of the week is the planet Mercury associated with?

Question 4

Do the celestial bodies influence our lives? If so, which ones, and how?

Question 5

What were the two methods used to interpret astronomical events in Babylonian astrology?

Question 6

Which ancient book forms the basis of modern astrology? Who wrote it, and when?

Question 7

"Your zodiac sign is the constellation where the Sun was when you were born." True or false?

Question 8

List 4 different arguments against astrology.

Question 9

What is the reason horoscopes often seem to apply to you personally?

Question 10

Can you think of an example of confirmation bias other than the ones given in the lecture?

Question 11

Can you think of an example of the appeal to false authority fallacy other than the ones given in the lecture?

Question 12

What are the main differences between astronomy and astrology?

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