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Chapter Pretests


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1:  What is the term for stone, concrete blocks, and bricks, when used in building construction?
A: Gypsum materials
B: Stoneware
C: Masonry
D: Rock

2:  What is the strongest building material in common use?
A: Concrete
B: Steel
C: Zinc
D: Glass

3:  What are most plastics made from?
A: Petroleum products
B: Cellulose materials
C: Organic peroxides
D: Inorganic minerals

4:  Does masonry conduct heat?
A: Yes. Very efficiently.
B: Yes, but only through fire walls.
C: Moderately well.
D: No, it is a poor conductor of heat.

5:  What does ordinary glass usually do when exposed to fire?
A: Melt (Bulbs will melt at 800 to 900 degrees. Arson investigators use light bulb deformation to indicate fire direction.)
B: Break
C: Harden
D: Nothing

6:  What material is made by mixing Portland cement with sand and gravel?
A: Asphalt
B: Brick
C: Concrete
D: Slate

7:  What is probably the most commonly used building material?
A: Gypsum board
B: Plaster of Paris
C: Standard steel
D: Wood

8:  What is the term for a roof that has sloping or inclined surfaces?
A: Gabriel
B: Built-up
C: Trussed
D: Pitched

9:  What is the term for plastics that will not melt under heat?
A: Thermoset
B: Thermostatic
C: Thermostable
D: Isothermal

10:  According to NFPA 220, how many types of building construction are commonly seen today?
A: 4
B: 5
C: 6
D: 7

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