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. Brolly,  Parapule,  Gamp and Bumbershoot are slang for a what - a) Telescope  b) Umbrella  c) Walking Stick  d) Hat Stand
  2. A common engineering fastening is named after the Latin viriola or "small bracelet"  - is it - a) Link  b) Screw  c) Ferrule  d) Rivet
  3. A Grommet is a slang term for a pop rivet - True or False
  4. Caoutchouc is another name for what common substance - a) PVC  b) Natural Rubber  c) Teflon  d) Sisal
  5. A substance which has no specific shape may be defined as - a) Amorphous  b) Analogous  c) Antiguan  d) Alchemia
  6. An atom is a basic unit of matter that consists of a dense central nucleus surrounded by a cloud of negatively charged electrons - True or False
  7. In which US state is the Royal Gorge Bridge a tourist attraction - a) Texas  b) Washington  c) California  d) Colorado
  8. What name is given to a beam or similar structure which is supported at one end only - a) Suspension  b) Cantilever  c) Balanced  d) Offloaded
  9. Calculus can be defined as - a) the mathematical study of change  b) the study of shape  c) the study of theoretical argument  d) the study of operations and application to solving equations
  10. A colloid is a solution with particles in the range of 1 to 1000 nanometers in diameter and which remain evenly distributed throughout the solution - True or False

Thought for the week

It doesn't matter how bad things get - they can always get worse

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ANSWERS

1)  b) Umbrella  2)  c) Ferrule  3) False - A Grommet is a protective ring inserted into a hole through thin material  4) b) Natural Rubber  5) a) Amorphous  6) True  7) d) Colorado  8) b) Cantilever  9) a) the mathematical study of change   10) True