The Coffee Break Quiz - A challenging selection of General Engineering questions and answers 
sometimes you just don't know what you don't know, but you're sure that you did know or that you should know and when you see the answers you know that once upon a time you probably did know !

Challenge your colleagues - can they answer more than you ?

  1. Hydrated magnesium sulphate is better known as Epsom Salts  - True or False
  2. A Gunwale is a type of harness used by mountain climbers – True or False
  3. On which continent would you find the Hottentot people – a) Asia  b) Australia  c) Europe  d) Africa
  4. Which former leader of the USSR had a degree in Civil Engineering  – a) Boris Yeltsin  b) Joseph Stalin  c) Nikita Khrushchev  d) Leonid Brezhnev
  5. In process control,  the letters HMI stand for Human Machine Instruction – True or False
  6. Self adjusting brakes where pioneered by which auto manufacturer – a) Ford  b) General Motors  c) Studebaker  d) Cadillac
  7. Sonar stands for -  Sound Navigation and Ranging.  True or False
  8. Vulcanizing is a process which treats rubber with – a) Ferrous Oxide  b) Sulfur  c) Ethyl Alcohol  d) Carbon
  9. Dr Scholl, the "foot doctor" held many patents. Was it a) 200  b) 250  c) 300 d) 350
  10. Shrapnel was named after the British second lieutenant Sir Henry Shrapnel who was the first person to fill canister shells with musket balls and a charge of gunpowder – True or False

What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
- Sir John Lubbock



1) True  2) False - The gunwale  is the top edge of the side of a boat and derives it's name from the strengthening required on sailing ships which where fitted with artillery  3) d) Africa  4) a) Boris Yeltsin  5) False – HMI stands for Human Machine Interface  6) c) Studebaker  7) True  8) b) Sulfur  9)  c) 300  10) True