Printable Element Picture Quiz

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.

Element Picture Quiz – Question #1

This is a picture of which element?This one is intended to be a confidence builder. These are diamonds. Diamonds are pure examples of which element?

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

Element Picture Quiz – Question #2

CopperYou may encounter this element in pure form fairly often. This metallic element is:

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

Element Picture Quiz – Question #3

This is a picture of a nonmetallic element.This yellow element is a component of gunpowder. It is:

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

Element Picture Quiz – Question #4

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

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

Element Picture Quiz – Question #5

These are crystals of pure a pure element.

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

Element Picture Quiz – Question #6

Lead is a heavy metal that is bluish-white when freshly cut, but tarnishes to a dull gray upon exposure to air. The pure metal is used for radioactive shielding, among other purposes. L. Chang,

The pure metal is used for radioactive shielding, among other purposes. L. Chang,

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

Element Picture Quiz – Question #7

Image of solid, liquid, and gaseous nitrogen. chemdude1, YouTube.comYou 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

Element Picture Quiz – Question #8

Uranium is a silvery-white metal. Photo is a billet of highly enriched uranium recovered from scrap processed at the Y-12 Facility in Oak Ridge, TN. U.S. Department of EnergyYou 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

Element Picture 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

Element Picture Quiz – Question #10

Can you identify this gas in the element picture quiz?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


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

Printable Element Picture Quiz
Last modified: November 19th, 2015 by Anne Helmenstine

3 thoughts on “Printable Element Picture Quiz

    1. Anne Helmenstine Post author

      It’s copyrighted, so no, but if you want me (person who wrote the quiz) to add it to Kahoot for students to use, I’d be happy to do so.

      1. Cathy

        I didn’t think so, but I was hoping you would offer to add it yourself! You have so much GREAT stuff on your site, it deserves to be used! I also noticed you created a quiz on periodicity – can you put that on Kahoot, also? (I know, I’m asking a lot, so whatever you can do is much appreciated.)

        Thank you!

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