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Cultural Literacy Test - Technology I

Take your time with the following cultural literacy test. If you select the correct answer it will be highlighted in green and the related information will be shown. If the first answer selected is incorrect, it will be highlighted in yellow, indicating try again. If the second answer selected is incorrect, the correct answer will be displayed. See the Bibliography to learn more about this test.

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1. A battery works by
connecting to an outside source of electricity
converting chemical energy to electrical energy
warming up a wire to the point that it generates heat
changing neutrons into electrons
2. What does a laser do?
It focuses heat rays.
It blocks the visible spectrum.
It amplifies a beam of light.
It converts electrons into light.
3. You would be likely to use Mach numbers if you were a
test pilot
electrician
nutrition expert
anthropologist
4. Orville and Wilbur Wright
designed a motorized aircraft that flew in 1903
piloted a successful glider in 1896
started the first commercial airline in 1925
flew the first transatlantic flight in 1927
5. Microwaves that are used in cooking work by
radiating infrared waves (heat)
causing molecules to vibrate and generate heat
bouncing heat rays off the metallic sides of the oven
amplifying waves of light to produce heat
6. Cyrus McCormick and John Deere contributed invenĀ­tions that improved the working life of the
housewife
athlete
driver
farmer
7. A semiconductor is material that
conducts electricity better than most metals
insulates better than most minerals
does not conduct electricity
has limited conductivity at room temperature
8. What does a television transmitter transmit?
radio waves
television waves
light waves
sound waves
9. Johann Gutenberg was probably the first European to use
explosives
carbon dating
movable type
hydroelectric power
10. What is the difference between a ballistic missile and a guided missile?
the former carries nuclear warheads
the latter can be redirected in flight
the former is designed as an antiaircraft weapon
the latter is launched from an aircraft
11. Some people involved with the invention of the telegraph include
Savery, Newcomen, and Watt
Oersted, Henry, and Morse
Benz, Daimler, and Diesel
Daguerre, Herschel, and Land
12. An electrode is the same as a
terminal
battery
electron
circuit
13. What did George Eastman invent?
motion pictures
the Kodak camera
the telescope
magnifying lenses
14. A photoelectric cell is stimulated by
heat
chemical change
neutrons
light
15. In an assembly line,
each worker assembles a single product
more than one product is assembled
a product is assembled in steps
each worker oversees a variety of processes
16. The hardware in a computer system
controls the operation of the system
may include programs for filing and storage
may include keyboard and printer
contains sequential instructions
17. Thomas Edison is known for his inventions dealing with
sound and electricity
flight and motion
food production and storage
light and weather
18. A silicon chip is part of a
floppy disk
microcomputer
cassette
teleprinter
19. You would use a particle accelerator to
detect radiation leakage
increase the rate at which an engine revs
bombard atoms with parts of other atoms
model theoretical changes in an environment
20. Alexander Graham Bell's major invention involved
sending a code via electric circuits
recording sound on two or more microphones
recording information on strips of tape
transmitting speech on waves of electricity
21. Robert Fulton is known as the inventor of the
steamboat
cotton gin
elevator
revolver
22. Which of these is a lever?
ice tongs
crowbar
balance scale
all of the above
23. What is the job of a sensor?
It locates and maps a radioactive source.
It tests the depth and bottom conditions of oceans or rivers.
It translates external conditions into signals.
It takes X rays in sequential patterns.
24. What is the path of visual signals in a television broadĀ­cast?
camera -- transmitter -- antenna -- antenna -- receiver -- cathode-ray tube
camera -- videotape -- antenna -- cathode-ray tube -- receiver
antenna -- camera -- cathode-ray tube -- transmitter -- receiver
microphone -- transmitter -- receiver -- speaker -- cathode-ray tube
25. An integrated circuit
is made of copper tubes
does not contain wires
is microscopic in size
all of the above
SCORING KEY
90-100%
Excellent. You are on your way to true cultural literacy.
80-89%
Good. You have more than a passing knowledge of this subject.
70-79%
Fair. You have a competent grasp of many aspects of this subject.
60-69%
Poor. You could use some improvement in this area.
Below 60%
Time for literacy training.
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