On Deck: Earn Your U.S. Coast Guard License In 5 Questions (For Middle School & High School Students) Session One


In May, 1/C cadets majoring in Marine Transportation and Marine Engineering will sit for four days of United States Coast Guard Exams.  Using practice books, class notes, and apps on their phone, many cadets are already studying for the exams in their spare time.

Every Tuesday and Thursday, we’ll share five multiple-choice questions with you that have appeared on United States Coast Guard Exams in previous years.  The questions are now part of practice books used by the cadets.

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Do you enjoy playing along at home while watching Jeopardy, or taking part in trivia competitions with your friends?  Then you are sure to have fun with Earn Your Coast Guard License In Five Questions.

Read each question.  Carefully consider the four answer choices.  Discuss the questions with classmates, friends, or family members.  Look up any unfamiliar vocabulary words.  Research any topics that spark your interest.  Record your answers.

We’ll share the correct answers on the following Tuesday or Thursday.  If you score 5 out of 5, you’ll be on your way to earning your Coast Guard License at Massachusetts Maritime Academy in the years to come. 

Today’s category is Tides.  Good luck!

1. What does the term “tide” refer to?
A.  horizontal movement of the water
B.  vertical movement of the water
C.  mixing tendency of the water
D.  salinity content of the water

2.  The lunar or tidal day is _________________________________________.
A. about 50 minutes shorter than the solar day
B.  about 50 minutes longer than the solar day
C.  about 10 minutes longer than the solar day
D.  the same length as the solar day

3. How man high waters usually occur each day on the East Coast of the United States?
A.  one
B. two
C. three
D.  four

4.  A tide is called diurnal when ______________________________________.
A.  only one high and one low water occur during a lunar day
B.  the high tide is higher and the low tide is lower than usual
C.  the high tide and low tide are exactly six hours apart
D.  two high tides occur during a lunar day

5. Spring tides are tides that ________________________________.

A. have lows lower than normal and highs higher than normal
B.  have lows higher than normal and highs lower than normal
C.  are unpredictable
D.  occur in the spring of the year

How do you think you did?   You can check your answers on Thursday, and tackle five new questions on a new topic.

If you are motivated to do some independent research on tides and write a report, please share your work with us.  We'll share it with cadets studying for their Coast Guard Exams.  

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