It's not only what gives balls their bounce, it's what keeps us riding smoothly on the road, erases our embarrassing math errors and protects us from disease. The unique elasticity and durability of rubber makes it ideal for these and scores of other important uses. Although you may be familiar with the use of rubber, how much do you know about the history and processing of this special substance? Let's bounce this quiz off of you.
Question 1 of 10
What people are thought to be the first to use rubber?
Question 2 of 10
What is rubber produced from?
Question 3 of 10
What famous inventor came up with vulcanization?
Question 4 of 10
Which of the following synthetic rubbers is commonly used in wet suits?
Question 5 of 10
Which continent produces the most natural rubber today?
Question 6 of 10
About how much was the synthetic rubber industry worth in 2007?
Question 7 of 10
Which rubber-processing method involves forcing the material through a small opening before vulcanizing and curing it?
Question 8 of 10
How long does it take for a rubber tree to grow before it's economical to harvest the sap?
Question 9 of 10
Which of the following is the best rubber-producing tree?
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