Quiz: Can You Get More Than 11 Right on This Difficult Engine Quiz?
Can You Get More Than 11 Right on This Difficult Engine Quiz?
By: Zoe Samuel
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About This Quiz

There's a reason that the energy industry calls itself "the first five percent of the economy". Without them, there wouldn't be enough power for the rest of human existence to go on in the comfortable, post-industrial manner to which several billion of us have already become accustomed, and the remainder are starting to enjoy in increasingly large percentages. 

Still, all that power isn't much use if you don't have a mechanism by which to turn it into useful things. It'd be rather like having a very fast and impressive supercomputer that could code just about anything but had no input device such as a keyboard, or no screen. While a lot of the energy out there goes into electricity, a huge percentage also goes into engines. They're in cars, trains, airplanes, ships, pumps, factories and dozens of smaller gadgets that you could probably live without but really don't want to try. You use them every day whether you use transport or not, because they're essential to manufacturing and transporting the food you eat, the clothes you wear, the house you live in and just about everything else you touch.

However, just because we all depend on them doesn't mean we all know much about them. Even gearheads who can fix certain elements of their cars may struggle to know too much about how engines really work or what principles they depend upon. That's why this very difficult quiz will challenge even the biggest motorhead out there!

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Where would you find a 3-phase traction motor?
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"X has two openings for intake and exhaust, while Y only has an exhaust. They are otherwise the same." What type of engines are X and Y?
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What gets rammed in a ramjet?
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What does a turbo engine add to the cylinder to increase the amount of thrust?
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What did Hero (or Heron) of Alexandria build in 50 B.C.?
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Who built the first "atmospheric engine" in 1673?
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What fuel was used in The Rocket, George Stephenson's famous early locomotive?
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What is the "gas" in early "gas-powered" engines?
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Which of these key engine components was invented by Edward Butler?
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When it comes to converting energy into motion, what alternative to the piston was known to be possible in the 1800s, but didn't put out net power until 1903?
18 of 35
What was the maximum weight the Wright Brothers settled on for the engine in their first successful flight?
19 of 35
What does a vehicle powered by a ramjet need to do before it uses its ramjet?
20 of 35
When did the first electric car drive up a hill?
23 of 35
Where might you find a rotary engine in something you use every day?
24 of 35
For what primary purpose were the first commercial-scale engines used?
25 of 35
What kind of engine did NASA put in the probe Dawn, which visited the dwarf planet Ceres?
26 of 35
What did Taqi al-Din create in 1577, that inspired many later thinkers and helped undergird the Industrial Revolution?
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Which of these is not a real unit involved in engines?
28 of 35
When you fractionally distill crude oil to make fuel for engines, which fraction is distilled first, out of the below?
30 of 35
What is one horsepower, in watts?
31 of 35
What does the V in V8 stand for?
32 of 35
Which of the below was NOT involved with the invention of the motorcycle?
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In what plane would you find the Rolls-Royce/Snecma Olympus 593 engine?
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How many moving parts are in a Tesla motor?
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