The Ultimate Synthetic Fuels Quiz
by Staff
Synthetic fuels are one just one alternative to oil. Some synfuels are better for the environment, some are worse. Some are made from rocks found deep under the earth, and some are made from the trash in your local landfill. See what you know about the various types of synfuels in our ultimate synthetic fuels quiz.

What is the definition of a synfuel?

  • Any fuel that is made by chemically manipulating hydrocarbon molecules to resemble conventional fuels.
  • Any fuel that is made from inorganic materials.
  • Any fuel that is made from synthesizing two different varieties of fuel together.
  • Any fuel that is made from synthesizing more than two different varieties of fuels together.

How is syncrude different from synfuel?

  • Syncrude is an early stage in synfuel production.
  • Syncrude is a type of synfuel.
  • Syncrude is not as expensive as synfuel.
  • Syncrude is much more expensive than synfuel.

What is CTL?

  • Crude-to-liquid fuel
  • Coal-to-liquid fuel
  • Cobalt-to-liquid fuel
  • Carbon-to-liquid fuel

What is feedstock?

  • Grains fed to cows to help produce methane-based fuels
  • Any organic material used to produce synfuels
  • Animal waste that is used to produce synfuels
  • Animal organs and byproducts used to produce synfuels

What is BTL?

  • Bitumen-to-liquid fuel
  • Biomass-to-liquid fuel
  • Barium-to-liquid fuel
  • Beryllium-to-liquid fuel

True or False: An experimental form of synfuel in the early stages of development would be manufactured by isolating the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and converting it to fuel.

  • TRUE

Which of the following is NOT a current limitation on the production of synfuels?

  • The relatively high cost of production
  • Difficulty accessing feedstock
  • Lack of available feedstock
  • Lack of technology

What is the Fischer-Tropsch process?

  • A type of chemical reaction used to produce synfuels.
  • A type of chemical reaction that occurs underground when oil is formed.
  • A procedure for collecting hard-to-reach fossil fuels from underground.
  • The technology used to separate hydrocarbon from oil shale.

When and where was the Fischer-Tropsch process and synfuel technology originally developed?

  • In 1982 in South Africa
  • In 1958 in the United States
  • In 1923 in Germany
  • In 1964 in Japan

What is GTL?

  • Ground-to-liquids fuel
  • Grain-to-liquids fuel
  • Gas-to-liquids fuel
  • Grass-to-liquids fuel

What is shale oil?

  • A variety of oil that has been contaminated underground.
  • A type of synthetic crude oil processed from rocks.
  • A type of synthetic fuel that is darker and thicker than crude oil.
  • A synthetic fuel that has the coloring of marlstone rocks.

True or False: Synthetic fuels were a vital part of the war strategy of Nazi Germany.

  • TRUE

What are oil sands?

  • A sandy mixture left over after oil is refined.
  • An oily mixture left over after synfuel is made.
  • A naturally occurring material that can be used to make syncrude.
  • The Gulf beaches damaged during the 2010 oil spill.

What is extra heavy oil?

  • A variety of oil that creates more pollutants when burned.
  • Botched syncrude that has been damaged during the production process
  • A more viscous form of oil used to produce syncrude.
  • A top-tier level of syncrude oil processed especially for SUVs.

What would have to happen to the price of crude oil to make synthetic fuels more economically viable?

  • The price of crude oil would have to increase significantly.
  • The price of crude oil would have to decrease significantly.
  • The price of crude oil would have to stabilize for at least 10 years
  • The price of crude oil would have to stabilize for at least 20 years

Production of synfuels creates which of the following byproducts that can later be sold?

  • Tar
  • Heavy metals
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Water

What is syngas?

  • A toxic byproduct of synfuels production.
  • A mixture of gases used to produce synfuels.
  • Any type of gasoline made from synthetic feedstock.
  • A chemical catalyst used to produce gasoline.

At least one country has been regularly manufacturing synfuels for more than 30 years. Name the country.

  • Australia
  • China
  • South Africa
  • Germany

The United States has enough estimated reserves of oil shale to meet the country's fossil fuel needs for approximately how many years?

  • 10 years
  • 15 years
  • 100 years
  • 200 years

How is bitumen different from conventional crude oil?

  • It is thicker and more viscous.
  • It is thinner and less viscous.
  • It's more harmful on the environment.
  • There is no difference.