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The Ultimate Gas Lantern Quiz
by Staff
You may associate gas lanterns with camping trips or perhaps you keep one at home in case of a power outage. These sources of light are simple devices that utilize some basic physics. Take this quiz to see what you know about how gas lanterns work.

When you heat a horseshoe to about 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit (816 C), what color will it glow?

  • red
  • yellow
  • blue

At 4,500 degrees Fahrenheit (2,482 C) horseshoes glow a bright yellow. Which of the following items function at this temperature?

  • an oven
  • an electric kettle
  • a light bulb

Something is said to be incandescent when it produces light as a result of what?

  • heat
  • water
  • gas

Which of the following materials is a poor producer of light when heated?

  • steel
  • glass
  • lime

Why was lime used in lamps in the 1800s?

  • because it melts quickly
  • because it heats quickly
  • because it has a high melting temperature

What are the mantles in a gas lantern?

  • a ceramic mesh
  • impregnated silk
  • gas pipes

What is the purpose of the gas in a gas lantern?

  • to produce light
  • to produce heat
  • both of the above

Which material covers the mantle initially?

  • nylon
  • cotton
  • silk

What type of chemicals are the ceramic shells impregnated with?

  • the gas
  • the mantles
  • the silk mantle covers

Which part of a gas lantern produces light?

  • the gas
  • the mantles
  • the silk mantle covers