Simple Hydrocarbon Chain Quiz

Identify Akanes, Alkenes, and Alkynes from Structures

A hydrocarbon consists of the elements carbon and hydrogen.
A hydrocarbon consists of the elements carbon and hydrogen. GIPhotoStock / Getty Images

Can you identify the simple hydrocarbon chains based on the chemical structure? Here's a printable multiple choice quiz you can take to test yourself. The images are chemical structures of various simple alkane, alkene or alkyne chains. Can you identify the structure to the chemical name?

You may wish to review how to identify simple alkane, alkene and alkyne chains before taking the quiz.

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Simple Hydrocarbon Chain Quiz - Question #1

This is the chemical structure of butane.
This is the chemical structure of butane. Todd Helmenstine

Identify this hydrocarbon:

(a) butane
(b) propane
(c) pentane
(d) methane

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Simple Hydrocarbon Chain Quiz - Question #2

This is the chemical structure of 1-heptene.
This is the chemical structure of 1-heptene. Todd Helmenstine

Identify this hydrocarbon:

(a) hexene
(b) heptene
(c) septene
(d) seventene

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Simple Hydrocarbon Chain Quiz - Question #3

This is the chemical structure of 1-pentyne.
This is the chemical structure of 1-pentyne. Todd Helmenstine

Identify this hydrocarbon:

(a) hexyne
(b) butyne
(c) propyne
(d) pentyne

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Simple Hydrocarbon Chain Quiz - Question #4

This is the chemical structure of propene.
This is the chemical structure of propene. Todd Helmenstine

Identify this hydrocarbon:

(a) propane
(b) ethene
(c) propyne
(d) ethane
(e) propene

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Simple Hydrocarbon Chain Quiz - Question #5

This is the chemical structure of propene.
This is the chemical structure of propene. Todd Helmenstine

This molecule is an example of an:

(a) alkane
(b) alkene
(c) alkyne
(d) none of the above

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Simple Hydrocarbon Chain Quiz - Question #6

This is the chemical structure of propyne.
This is the chemical structure of propyne. Todd Helmenstine

This molecule is an example of an:

(a) alkane
(b) alkene
(c) alkyne
(d) none of the above

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Simple Hydrocarbon Chain Quiz - Question #7

This is the chemical structure of pentane.
This is the chemical structure of pentane. Todd Helmenstine

What is the molecular formula for this hydrocarbon?

(a) C5H6
(b) C5H9
(c) C5H10
(d) C5H12

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Simple Hydrocarbon Chain Quiz - Question #8

This is the chemical structure of 1-pentene.
This is the chemical structure of 1-pentene. Todd Helmenstine

What is the molecular formula for this hydrocarbon?

(a) C5H5
(b) C5H9
(c) C5H10
(d) C5H12

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Simple Hydrocarbon Chain Quiz - Question #9

This is the chemical structure of 1-butyne.
This is the chemical structure of 1-butyne. Todd Helmenstine

What is the molecular formula for this hydrocarbon?

(a) C4H4
(b) C3H6
(c) C4H6
(d) C3H8
(e) C4H10

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Simple Hydrocarbon Chain Quiz - Question #10

This is the chemical structure of 2-hexene.
This is the chemical structure of 2-hexene. Todd Helmenstine

Identify this hydrocarbon:

(a) 1-hexene
(b) 2-hexene
(c) 3-hexene
(d) 4-hexene
(e) 5-hexene

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Simple Hydrocarbon Chain Quiz - Answers

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