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Quiz I

  1. Which metal's name is derived from the Greek word meaning colour?
  2. Name the most abundant metal in the earth's crust?

  3. How many karats are there in pure gold?
  4. Which precious metal has the same name as a well known theatre?
  5. Bronze is a metal alloy consisting primarily of copper and which other metal?
  6. In galvanizing, a protective coating of which metal is given to steel or iron, to prevent rusting?
  7. Which radioactive metal, discovered in 1898, was named after the discoverer's homeland?
  8. Rubies are red due to the presence of which metallic element?
  9. Which metal was discovered in Cornwall by William Gregor in 1791, and named after a second generation of divine beings in Greek mythology?
  10. Which metal is the best conductor of electricity?
  11. In legend, what did alchemists think was capable of turning base metals into gold?
  12. The Statue of Liberty is made from which metal?
  13. Which dense, precious, silverish-white transition metal, gets its name from the Spanish term meaning 'little silver'?
  14. In a rechargeable battery, if nickel oxide hydroxide is one electrode, which metal commonly forms the second electrode?
  15. Which metal has the highest boiling point, at 5930 degress Celsius?
  16. Which metal is commonly known as quicksilver?


  1. Chromium
  2. Aluminium
  3. 24 karats
  4. Palladium
  5. Tin
  6. Zinc
  7. Polonium (named after Marie Curie's homeland of Poland)
  8. Chromium
  9. Titanium
  10. Silver
  11. Philosopher's stone
  12. Copper
  13. Platinum (its name is derived from the Spanish term platina, meaning 'little silver')
  14. Cadmium (as in NiCd or NiCad batteries)
  15. Tungsten
  16. Mercury (it's also the only metal that is liquid at room temperature)

Quiz II

  1. What name is given to two lengths of steel and copper joined together to convert a temperature change into a mechanical displacement?
  2. Besides iron, name another element that is magnetic?
  3. Which country accounts for 80% of the world's platinum production?
  4. In 1808, which scientist reported to the Royal Society that he had successfully isolated four new metals, including barium and calcium?
  5. What name is given to a type of bronze which is an alloy of copper, tin, and zinc?
  6. What is the lightest metal in the periodic table?
  7. Which country was the world's top producer of copper (by quite a considerable margin) in 2017?
  8. The alloy brass is usually made from which two metals?
  9. What is added to low carbon iron to create stainless steel?
  10. Name the common process of applying heat to ore in order to melt out a base metal?
  11. Which two metals is the British twenty pence piece composed of?
  12. In the Roman era, copper was principally mined in which modern day country?
  13. Which hard, silvery grey, transition metal, with the atomic number 23, is commonly used in the manufacture of hand tools?
  14. What will happen to gallium if you hold it in your hand long enough?
  15. Which metals come from the following mineral ores: (a)Sphalerite, (b)Haematite, (c)Bauxite, (d)Galena, and (e)Cinnabar?
  16. What is the chemical symbol for the following metals: (a)Gold, (b)Lead, (c)Tungsten, (d)Silver, and (e)Copper?


  1. A bimetallic strip
  2. Nickel or cobalt (also the rarer gadolinium)
  3. South Africa
  4. Humphry Davy
  5. Gunmetal
  6. Lithium
  7. Chile
  8. Copper and zinc
  9. Chromium
  10. Smelting
  11. Copper (84%) and nickel (16%) (sometimes called Cupronickel - despite its high copper content, cupronickel is silver in colour)
  12. Cyprus (copper derives its name from Cyprus)
  13. Vanadium
  14. It will melt (it's a brittle solid metal at room temperature but will melt at body temperature)
  15. (a)zinc, (b)iron, (c)aluminium, (d)lead, and (e)mercury
  16. (a)Au, (b)Pb, (c)W, (d)Ag, and (e)Cu

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