Jenga is a simple game of wooden blocks and gravity, until you play against a structural engineer. Test your knowledge of the game and of the engineering principles that win it.
Question 1 of 20
True or False: Jenga is based on an ancient game played for centuries in Ghana and the Ivory Coast.
Question 2 of 20
What does the word "Jenga" mean in Swahili?
Question 3 of 20
How many blocks come in the original Jenga set?
Question 4 of 20
What is the tallest Jenga tower achieved during regular game play (not towers made from multiple sets)?
Question 5 of 20
True or False: There is a Nintendo Wii version of Jenga.
Question 6 of 20
In structural engineering, what is the name of the downward force supported by walls and beams and ceilings in a building?
Question 7 of 20
What type of load describes the shifting forces created by people and furniture in a building?
Question 8 of 20
Which of the following is the most accurate definition of a dead load?
Question 9 of 20
Which of the following is NOT an example of a dynamic load?
Question 10 of 20
What is a popular type of foundation when building a tall structure in loose or shifting soils?
Question 11 of 20
Which of the following is NOT one of the central functions of a foundation?
Question 12 of 20
In structural engineering, what's the term that indicates the amount of force necessary to pull apart a type of construction material?
Question 13 of 20
True or False: It's impossible for the same structural element in a building to experience both tension and compression at the same time.
Question 14 of 20
How much weight can a 10-centimeter diameter steel cable hold?
Question 15 of 20
What is the name for the rotational force created when a lever arm is turned around a pivot or fulcrum?
Question 16 of 20
In structural enginering, which of the following statements is true?
Question 17 of 20
True or False: It is against official Jenga rules to pinch together two blocks in the same row to form a single support.
Question 18 of 20
A top-heavy structure is MORE or LESS stable than a bottom-heavy structure in an earthquake?
Question 19 of 20
In an earthquake, which types of vibrations are the most likely to cause a structural collapse?
Question 20 of 20