How Useful Are You? Take This Technology Quiz

There is a Twilight Zone episode where a businessman makes a pact with the Devil, which allows him to go back in time so that he can capitalize off of his knowledge about the future. It turns out though that the businessman’s knowledge about the future is all superficial and thus he is unable to jump start any technological advancements by traveling back in time. This would likely be the plight of most contemporary humans if they were sent back in time. While we rely greatly on technology, most of us don’t know much about how it actually works and where the materials to make it come from.

If you were to travel 2000 years into the past, how useful would you be in jumpstarting technological advancements? This 10 question quiz will help you figure out your technological usefulness. If you do poorly on the quiz, as most people likely will, then just let that inspire you to study up more on how things work and where raw materials come from.

Welcome to your How Useful Are You? Take This Technology Quiz

What are the major ingredients required to make steel?
What does this diagram show?

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How is the cool in most Air Conditioners and Refrigerators made?
What is needed to make vulcanized rubber?
What are the main components of an atom according to the established scientific model?
What don't you want within the glass of an incandescent light bulb?
Which of these airplane wing profiles would produce the most lift?

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What is the major use of a rotary kiln in making cement?
If you wanted to make an electric generator, what would you need?
What is used to bring Aluminum Oxide down to an economical temperature for making Aluminum?

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145 thoughts on “How Useful Are You? Take This Technology Quiz

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  2. sriram

    8/10 here.
    But in 0009AD, there would be no one giving out the choices — so that I can make my “educated” guesses.

  3. Doug Watson

    8 OUT OF 10! I often wonder if ET was asked how his spaceship worked, how much he would know!

  4. peter

    Back 2000 years? At that time, the answers to most of these questions were known by the Sumerians, Greeks, Chinese, etc, etrc……

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  6. Dave

    The lift question is bogus. Most of the lift generated by an airfoil comes from redirection of air flow–the trailing edge of a useful airfoil angles downward to some degree. The explanation we were all taught in school, that the lift comes from differential pressure due to faster movement of air on the top surface is pretty much bogus. In reality, there wouldn’t be much difference between answers A and C, especially at low air speeds.

  7. BobDumberg

    First, there was no year 0. Second, if anyone tried to tell people 2000 years ago about these “technological” advances they would most likely have been killed for sorcery, heresy, etc.. What makes you think they’d listen? They’re not listening now!

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  10. Glen @ Roche Limit edu.blog

    @BobDumberg “First, there was no year 0. ”

    The christian calender has no year 0, but the astronomical one does, with 10 BC = year -9, 1BC = year 0!

    Works for me.

    (10/10 – just as well, as I teach this stuff in college)

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  14. Gabe

    I’m not even going to take it. I’m confident that all I’d accomplish is somehow squaring-off the wheel and cooling down fire.

  15. León

    yo aportaría el mechero y el mapamundi. de paso, me haría erigir como un dios ante los romanos, pues sabría cómo es el mundo y sacaría fuego de un aprato que cabe en un bolsillo

  16. N Putnam

    I got eight out of ten. I would guess however that most of the information would be useless if you went back over 300 years. People would think you were nuts if you brought up some of the information required for answers.

    I’m 86 and have forgotten a lot but still get a kick out of doing as well as did.

    Suggest that you make up a new test and ask about starting a fire with out matches, elementary first aid, finding food and how to prepare it and what to use for shelter when the temperature is below freezings.

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  19. nugget

    I’m going to agree that this quiz does not really tell you how useful someone may be. I’ve got a fairly firm grasp on mathematics and could jump start quite a bit of it if I was not called a wizard and burned alive. Plus I’ve got fairly good grasp on putting things back together and fixing them so I guess I would do better at giving them some technology as opposed to giving them the fundamentals to build the technology. 6/10

  20. Satish

    ….i am useful upto 19th century….i think this quiz is judging your aptitude, quest for knowledge, and whether you know the basics or not….but i don’t understand how it has been linked with present day and age….

  21. mark morgan

    i would ask the original jesus christ. to lay his hands on me.
    now do i sit for the quiz. in person? amen

  22. mark morgan

    but if you needed help in this case. all you need is the manual. its called the bible 🙂

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