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Test 1

Test ID: 654745 Date: 21/01/2018


Time: 45Minutes Total Marks: 100
Topics:
Soil Mechanics
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5. Questions 01 – 50 belong to Soil Mechanics and carrying 02 marks each.
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1 One of the following scientists is associated 10 Relative density of a compacted dense sand is
with theory in soil Mechanics approximately equal to
(a) Marcel Dekker (b) Karl Terzaghi (a) 0.4 (b) 0.6 (c) 0.95 (d) 1.20
(c) Finnemore (d) Oosthuizen
11 Foundation shown in the figure is called as –
2 If the voids of a soil mass are full of air only,
the soil is termed as
(a) air entrained soil
(b) partially saturated soil
(c) dry soil
(d) dehydrated soil

3 Select the correct statement.


Unit weight of dry soil is greater than unit weight
of wet soil. (a) Inverted footing (b) Stepped footing
(a) oven drying method (c) Well Foundation (d) Grillage foundation
(b)sand bath method
(c) calcium carbide method 12 If the sand in-situ is in its densest state, then the
(d) pycnometer method relative density of sand is
(a) zero (b) 1
4 Voids ratio of a soil mass can (c) between 0 and 1 (d) greater than 1
(a) never be greater than unity
(b) be zero 13 Which of the following methods is most
(c) take any value greater than zero accurate for the determination of the
(d) take values between 0 and 1 only water content of soil?
(a) oven drying method
5 If the volume of voids is equal to the volume of (b) sand bath method
solids in a soil mass, then the values of porosity (c) calcium carbide method
and voids ratio respectively are (d) pycnometer method
(a) 1.0 and 0.0 (b) 0.0 and 1.0
(c) 0.5 and 1.0 (d) 1.0 and 0.5 14 For proper field control, which of the following
methods is best suited for quick determination of
6 When the degree of saturation is zero, the soil water content of a soil mass?
mass under consideration represents (a) oven drying method (b) sand bath
(a) one phase system method
(b) two phase system with soil and air (c) alcohol method (d) calcium carbide method
(c) two phase system with soil and water
(d) three phase system 15 A pycnometer is used to determine
(a) water content and voids ratio
7 If the degree of saturation of a partially saturated (b) specific gravity and dry density
soil is 60 %, then air content of the soil is (c) water content and specific gravity
(a) 40 % (b) 60 % (c) 80 % (d) 100 % (d) voids ratio and dry density

8 If the water content of a fully saturated soil mass 16 Stoke's law is valid only if the size of particle is
is 100%, then the voids ratio b (a) less than 0.0002 mm
of the sample is (b) greater than 0.2 mm
(a) less than specific gravity of soil (c) between 0.2 mm and 0.0002 mm
(b) equal to specific gravity of soil (d) all of the above
(c) greater than specific gravity of soil
(d) independent of specific gravity of soil 17 The following data are given for a soil:
• Porosity: n _ 0.4
9 The ratio of volume of voids to the total volume • Specific gravity of the soil solids: Gs _ 2.68
of soil mass is called • Moisture content: w _ 12%
Determine the mass of water to be added to 10 m3
(a) air content (b) porosity of soil for full saturation.
(c) percentage air voids (d) voids ratio
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(a) 2070 kg (b) 2007 kg 25 The admixture of coarser particles like sand or
(c) 2000 kg (d) 2700 kg silt to clay causes
(a) decrease in liquid limit and increase in plasticity
18 Which of the following is a measure of particle index
size range? (b) decrease in liquid limit and no change in
(a) effective size (b) uniformity coefficient plasticity index
(c) coefficient of curvature (c) decrease in both liquid limit and plasticity index
(d) none of the above (d) increase in both liquid limit and plasticity index

19 Which of the following statements is correct? 26 Select the correct statement.


(a) Uniformity coefficient represents the shape of (a) A uniform soil has more strength and stability
the particle size distribution curve. than a non-uniform soil.
(b) For a well graded soil, both uniformity (b) A uniform soil has less strength and stability
coefficient and coefficient of curvature are nearly than a non-uniform soil.
unity. (c) Uniformity coefficient does not affect strength
(c) A soil is said to be well graded if it has most of and stability.
the particles of about the same size Uniformity coefficient of a poorly graded soil is
(d) none of the above more than that of a well graded soil.

20 Uniformity coefficient of a soil is 27 The water content of soil, which represents the
(a) always less than 1 boundary between plastic state and liquid state, is
(b) always equal to 1 known as
(c) equal to or less than 1 (a) liquid limit (b) plastic limit
(d) equal to or greater than 1 (c) shrinkage limit (d) plasticity index

21 If the natural water content of soil mass lies 28 Which of the following soils has more plasticity
between its liquid limit and plastic limit, the soil index?
mass is said to be in (a) sand (b) silt (c) clay (d) gravel
(a) liquid state (b) plastic state
(c) semi-solid state (d) solid state 29 At liquid limit, all soils possess
(a) same shear strength of small magnitude
22 When the plastic limit of a soil is greater than (b) same shear strength of large magnitude
the liquid limit, then the plasticity index is (c) different shear strengths of small magnitude
reported as (d) different shear strengths of large magnitude
(a) negative (b) zero
(c) non-plastic (d) 1 30 If the material of the base of the Casagrande
liquid limit device on which the cup containing soil
23 For a given sandy soil, emax = 0.75 and emin = paste drops is softer than the standard hard
0.4. Let G = 2.68. In the field, the soil is compacted rubber, then
to a moist density of 112 lb/f3 at a moisture (a) the liquid limit of soil always increases
content of 12%. Determine the relative density of (b) the liquid limit of soil always decreases
compaction.
(a) 22.9 % (b) 25 % (c) athe liquid limit of soil may increase
(c) 30 % (d) 20 % (d) the liquid limit of soil may decrease

24 If the plasticity index of a soil mass is zero, the 31 According to IS classification, the range of silt
soil is size particles is
(a) sand (b) silt (a) 4.75 mm to 2.00 mm
(c) clay (d) clayey silt (b) 2.00 mm to 0.425 mm
(c) 0.425 mm to 0.075 mm
(d 0.075 mm to 0.002 mm

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32 The effective stress is (c) increase in pore water pressure but decrease in
(a) an abstract quantity (b) actual contact stress total stress
(c) equal to total stress (d) none (d) decrease in pore water pressure but increase in
total stress
33 When the degree of consolidation is 50 % ,the
time factor is about 42 The total and effective stresses at a depth of 5
(a) 0.2 (b) 0.5 (c) 1 (d) 2 m below the top level of water in a swimming pool
are respectively
34 Vacum well points are generally used for (a) zero and zero
draining (b) 0.5 kg/cm2 and zero
(a) coarse sand (b) fine sand & silty sands (c) 0.5 kg/cm2 and 0.5 kg/cm2
(c) silts (d) clay (d) 1.0 kg/cm2 and 0.5 kg/cm2

35 Highway Research Board (HR(B) classification 43 If the water table rises up to ground surface,
of soils is based on then the
(a) particle size composition (a) effective stress is reduced due to decrease in
(b) plasticity characteristics total stress only but pore water pressure does not
(c) both particle size composition and plasticity change (b) effective stress is reduced due to
characteristics increase in pore water pressure only but total
(d) none of the above stress does not change
(c) total stress is reduced due to increase in pore
36 Inorganic soils with low compressibility are water pressure only but effective stress does not
represented by change
(a) MH (b) SL (c) ML (d) CH (d) total stress is increased due to de-crease in
pore water pressure but effective stress does not
37 Sand particles are made of change
(a) rock minerals (b) kaolinite
(c) illite (d) montmorillonite 44 The gas formed by the reaction of calcium
carbide with water is
38 The clay mineral with the largest swelling and (a) CO2 (b) SO2 (c) ethane (d) acetylene
shrinkage characteristics is
(a) kaolinite (b) illite 45 A compacted soil sample using 10% moisture
(c) montmorillonite (d) none of these content has a weight of 200 g and mass unit weight
of 2.0 g/cm3. If the specific gravity of soil particles
39 Dispersed type of soil structure is an and water are 2.7 and 1.0, the degree of saturation
arrangement comprising particles having of the soil is
(a) face to face or parallel orientation (a) 11.1% (b) 55.6% (c) 69.6% (d) none of these.
(b) edge to edge orientation
(c) edge to face orientation 46 A partially saturated sample of soil has a unit
(d) all of the above weight of 2.0 g/cm3 and specific gravity of soil
particles is 2.6. If the moisture content in the soil
40 Effective stress is is 20%, the degree of saturation is
(a) the stress at particles contact (a) 20% (b) 77% (c) 92% (d) none of these.
(b) a physical parameter that can be measured
(c) important because it is a function of 47 Degree of saturation of a natural soil deposit
engineering properties of soil having water content 15%, specific gravity 2.50
(d) all of the above and void ratio 0.5, is
(a) 50% (b) 60% (c) 75% (d) 80%
41 Rise of water table above the ground surface
causes 48 A soil has bulk density 2.30 g/cm3 and water
(a) equal increase in pore water pressure and total content 15 per cent, the dry density of the sample,
stress is
(b) equal decrease in pore water pressure and (a) 1.0 g/cm2 (b) 1.5 g/cm3
3
total stress (c) 2.0 g/cm (d) 2.5 g/cm3

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49 The weight of a pycnometer containing 400 g
sand and water full to the top is 2150 g. The weight
of pycnometer full of clean water is 1950 g. If
specific gravity of the soil is 2.5, the water content
is
(a) 05% (b) 15% (c) 20% (d) 30%

50 For determing the specific gravity of soil solids,


using a pycnometer of 500 cc., the following data
is available : Weight of dry empty pycnometer =
125 g Weight of dried soil and pycnometer = 500 g
Weight of dried soil and distilled = 850 g water
filled in pycnometer up to top The specific gravity
of soil soilds, is
(a) 2 (b) 2.5 (c) 2.25 (d) 2.75

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