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When the Chinese invented the first seismoscope, a tool to measure earthquakes, in 132 AD, it was a bowl with eight dragon heads pointing in the directions of the compass. If there was an earthquake anywhere in China, even miles away, the seismoscope was so sensitive that the dragon pointing in that direction would drop the ball from its mouth.

  1. 1. When was the first seismoscope invented?
    1. a. 132 BC
    2. b. 132 AD
    3. c. 200 AD
  2. 2. What kind of heads did the first Chinese seismoscope have?
    1. a. Boar
    2. b. Dragon
    3. c. Panda
  3. 3. What tool measures earthquakes?
    1. a. Seismoscope
    2. b. Rattleometer
    3. c. Richter scale