Quiz: Can You Pass This Master Electrician Quiz?
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Can You Pass This Master Electrician Quiz?
By: Torrance Grey
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About This Quiz

If you're considering a new line of work -- or a first line of work -- you could do worse than to become an electrician. It's a highly skilled trade, requiring several hundred hours of classroom instruction before you enter the field. Once there, you'll work as an Apprentice, under the direct supervision of a Journeyman, the next level up. If you enjoy the work and do well at it, you could work your way up to Master. That's the highest and best-paid tier. 

Certainly, the job has hazards. Electric shock is the obvious one, but electricians can also be injured in fires started by the electricity they control (or usually do). Falls are also a risk, as some electricians work at heights -- for example, on power poles for public utilities, or in the rafters of theaters and large auditoriums. The upside, of course, is good pay, a job that's always in demand, and the opportunity to work with and master something that's fascinated humans for millennia - electricity. 

Do you have what it takes to be a master electrician? We've crafted a quiz to help you find out. Some of the questions are on electricity in general; others are about the specific tools and practices of the job. It might start fairly easy, but don't worry, the questions will get more difficult as you go!

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What is the common term for the flow of electricity?
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Which of these is NOT a unit used in reference to electricity?
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At its most basic, a circuit is what kind of loop?
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What is the term for a material that allows electric current to flow through it easily?
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Which of these metals has the highest conductivity?
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What is the main property that good conductors have?
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Which of these non-metal substances is a very good conductor?
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What is the opposite of "conductive"?
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Which of these do electricians NOT work on?
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An electrician who works on high-voltage wires for a public utility is called which of these?
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Which of these is a unit measuring difference in electrical potential ?
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Which of these tools is an electrician least likely to need?
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If electrical work does not meet government safety standards, it is "not up to" what?
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Which of these is the unit of electrical charge?
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The ability to hold an electrical charge is called what?
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What is the name for electric current that regularly changes direction?
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What is the opposite of alternating current?
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What quality does gold have that makes it valuable as a conductor?
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Which of these has a resistance of virtually zero?
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What would you find in a house's "service panel"?
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True or false: Are "circuit breaker" and "fuse" the same thing?
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A return path in a circuit, or a connection directly to the earth, is called what?
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Is there such a thing as a "voltmeter"?
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True or false: Lightning is a large-scale example of arcing electricity.
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Which of these natural phenomena is innately linked to electricity?
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What is the name for the outermost part of a cord's insulation?
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Which of these groups suffer the highest rate of electrocution deaths on the job?
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