Civil Engineering MCQs

Civil Engineering MCQs

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1: Which is the most widely used general purpose cement in the world?

A.   Geopolymer cement

B.   EMC

C.   Portland cement

2: What factor is important to resist freeze-thaw effect on concrete?

A.   Rebar design

B.   Mixture viscosity

C.   Vacuum seal

D.   Air entrainment

3: What is the calculated dead load weight of a bridge?

A.   The weight of the load the bridge will have to carry

B.   The weight of the bridge structure itself

C.   The combined weight of the bridge itself and the load it will carry

D.   The weight at which the bridge will fail

4: True or False: Concrete has high tensile strength but low compressive strength.

A.   True

B.   False

5: In soil, the ratio of volume of voids to the total volume is called:

A.   saturation ratio

B.   dry density

C.   soil buoyancy

D.   porosity

6: How is thermal expansion accomodated in metallic structure design?

A.   Rubber cushioning

B.   Dead space

C.   Expansion joints

D.   Building gaps

7: Slab-on-grade foundation is a type of

A.   shallow foundation

B.   deep foundation

8: Which type of soil has more plasticity?

A.   non-cohesive

B.   cohesive

9: What tool is used to measure angles in the horizontal and vertical planes?

A.   Level

B.   Theodolite

C.   Compass

D.   Telescope

10: What purpose to gravel or crushed rock serve in a concrete mix?

A.   Binder

B.   Slag

C.   Agreggate

D.   Cement

11: Bitumen felt is:

A.   used as damp proofing material

B.   All of these.

C.   used as water proofing material

D.   made from bitumen and hessian fibres

12: What is the the name of the part of a building above its foundation?

A.   Building area

B.   Constructed section

C.   Superstructure

D.   Occupiable space

13: What is the primary material in RCC design?

A.   Reinforced concrete

B.   Resinous carbon construction materials

C.   Reinforced cement

D.   Recycled construction materials

A.   High Heat Conductivity

B.   High Strength to Weight Ratio

C.   Resistance to Corrosion

15: A beam supported only at one end is called a

A.   simply supported

B.   continuous

C.   cantilever

D.   fixed

16: What is the function of cement in concrete?

A.   Aggregate

B.   Binder

C.   Aggravate

D.   Diluter

17: What is the name of the process for laying out and measuring three dimentional points on landscapes?

A.   Surveying

B.   Assessing

C.   Estimating

D.   Prospecting

18: What type of steel structure building load is created by an earthquake?

A.   Siesmic load

B.   Richter load

C.   Unstable load

D.   Compression load

19: The technique of determining the terrestrial position of points and the distances and angles between them is called

A.   surveying

B.   plotting

C.   ground analysis

D.   charting

20: What factor should be considered when selecting a building material?

A.   Elastic properties

B.   Temperature stresses

C.   (All of these)

D.   Factor of safety

21: In concrete, the dry composite of aggregate and binder hardens through the process of

A.   churning

B.   hydration

C.   silica treatment

D.   melting

22: Name the type of connection in which the steel column can rotate but not move up, down, right or left.

A.   Top Connection

B.   Pin Connection

C.   Fixed Connection

D.   Welded Connection

23: Which of these is considered a hazardous building material?

A.   concrete

B.   lime cement

C.   asbestos

D.   wood

24: How do we describe the study of soil, its behavior and application as an engineering material?

A.   Soil engineering

B.   Soil Surveying

C.   Soil mechanics

D.   Soil evaluations and calculations

25: How many states of water exist?

A.   4

B.   2

C.   3

D.   1

26: What term relates to the way water balance systems effect a landscape?

A.   Evaporation

B.   Waterology

C.   Water flow

D.   Hydrology

27: True or False: The coefficient of expansion of concrete is much greater than that of steel.

A.   False

B.   True

28: Which is the best example of a temporary load imposed on a structure?

A.   Dead load

B.   Environmental load

C.   Service load

D.   Live load

29: Fresh concrete is best:

A.   casted

B.   poured

30: What is used to embed rebars in masonry walls?

A.   grout

B.   coal ash

C.   calcium

D.   fly ash

31: The necessary condition in Permissible Stress Design is that stresses developed in a structure due to service loads do not exceed the:

A.   limit state

B.   beam coefficient

C.   elastic limit

32: A beam in which the tension capacity of the tension steel is greater than the combined compression capacity of the concrete and the compression steel is called:

A.   balanced-reinforced beam

B.   under-reinforced beam

C.   over-reinforced beam

33: A bridge is built in such a way that it will not collapse under pressure. Its design also makes it difficult for drivers to navigate it safely, due to abnormal deflections. This bridge has low:

A.   Stability

B.   Serviceability

34: How does the basic ratio of span/effective depth influence the design of reinforced concrete structures?

A.   Determines the sizing and spacing of beam and slab construction

B.   Determines how many levels a structure can support

C.   Determines how large a structure can be

D.   Determines the strength of reinforced concrete

35: Which would likely have the highest permeability?

A.   sand

B.   clay

C.   concrete

36: What is one element of building materials that can contribute to increased energy efficiency?

A.   Load bearing capacity

B.   Moisture absorption rate

C.   Long term cost

D.   Thermal storage capacity

37: What is another term for groundwater hydrology?

A.   water-table analysis

B.   hydrogeology

38: Concrete is reinforced to help withstand what force upon it?

A.   Tensile force

B.   Compression force

C.   Gravity

D.   Fracturing

A.   Long lasting materials

B.   Green materials

C.   Grey materials

D.   Low cost materials

40: What is the civil engineer's term for the unaggregated or uncemented deposits of mineral and/or organic particles covering large portion of the earth's crust?

A.   Dirt

B.   Ground

C.   Soil

D.   Earth

41: Which of the following is NOT a steel structural shape?

A.   Z shaped cross section

B.   L shaped cross section

C.   I shaped cross-section

D.   V shaped cross-section

42: What is added to normal concrete in order to make RCC?

A.   rebar

B.   limestone

C.   blended cement

D.   coarse aggregate

43: What is an effective means of creating soil compaction?

A.   Sheepfoot roller

B.   Foot traffic

C.   Rolling pin

D.   Backhoe

44: Cement is produced by heating limestone and other materials through a process called

A.   curing

B.   blasting

C.   aggregation

D.   calcination

45: Which is a generally accepted minimum safety factor?

A.   3.5

B.   0.5

C.   1.7

D.   0.01

46: The Stressed Ribbon Bridge is a type of

A.   suspension bridge

B.   beam bridge

C.   arch bridge

D.   truss bridge

47: Agriculture that relies only on rainfall and not on irrigation is known as:

A.   wetland farming

B.   dryland farming

48: What is the starting point of building structural design?

A.   The building cost estimate

B.   The building foundation

C.   Real estate aqcuisition

D.   Construction estimates

49: Which method of irrigation artificially raises the water table to allow the soil to be moistened from below the plants' root zone?

A.   center-pivot irrigation

B.   secondary soil irrigation

C.   localized irrigation

D.   sub-irrigation

50: What can be used to determine the specific gravity of a particular concrete mix?

A.   Massometer

B.   Universal Scale

C.   Specific Gravity Bench

D.   Richter Scale