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PART II

SAMPLE EXAMINATIONS


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NOTES TO USER: The following is a mid-term examination used by the author while teaching the course as a fourth-year course at California State University. For the benefit of others who may choose to select questions from the test, the answers have been shown in bold.


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MID-TERM EXAMINATION The examination consists of 20 questions with multiple-choice answers. It is an open-book examination, and both the text and your class notes may be used in completing the examination. The examination is timed, and each person will be allowed one hour to complete the test. At the conclusion of the allowed time, please pass both the examination booklet and the answer sheets to the instructor. All examination booklets must be returned. Answer sheets returned without the accompanying test booklet will not be graded. 1.

In each diary kept by the owner/engineer's or contractor's personnel, entries should be made: A. to document every working day, whether any work is performed or not, or even if you did not go to the project site that day. B. only if something of particular importance is happening. C. regularly each time that you visit a site where work is being done; however, not entry need be made unless you were personally at the site and witnessed work being performed. D. A diary is neither necessary nor desirable on construction.

2.

If a dispute arises in the field between the owner/engineer's resident project representative and the contractor's superintendent, the parties should: A. remain at the location on the project site where the issue was first mentioned, then adamantly debate the issue in public view and within earshot of everyone at the site to obtain their sympathy. B. move the discussion to a location in the field office, then listen to the dispute, protest, or claim. Then the parties should discuss the issues calmly and rationally, even in the face of serious disagreements. C. move to a location inside the field office and immediately take up a stance to defend your position by out-shouting the other party. D. refuse to discuss the matter at all, but insist that the other party "submit it in writing" before the issue can be discussed.

3.

When testing and sampling materials for a project, the owner/engineer's resident project representative or inspector should do which of the following: A. Work from the quality assurance requirements of the specifications only, and wait until you get to the appropriate parts of the specifications before determining the sampling and testing requirements needed. B. Disregard the test results as long as the job looks good. C. Develop a sampling and testing plan in advance and work directly from it. D. Conduct sampling and testing based solely upon practical experience and judgment as the work progresses.

4.

In order to remember important project dates, it is desirable to: A. tabulate and flag project milestones at the beginning of the job. B. have a subordinate remind you as the date approaches.


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C. rely solely upon your memory as the project progresses. D. wait for the contractor to discover (or forget) important project dates, as it is the contractor's responsibility anyway. 5.

Submittal of bonds and insurance certificates should be submitted by the bidder to whom the contract has been awarded: A. at the time of submitting the original Bid. B. after receiving the Notice to Proceed from the owner/engineer. C. after receiving the Notice to Proceed, but before signing the Agreement. D. after receiving Notice of Award, but before owner signs the Agreement.

6.

When construction materials are delivered to the project site, they should be: A. inspected as soon after delivery as possible. B. inspected after they have been installed in the work. C. inspected just prior to installation in the work. D. no need to inspect them at all.

7.

Carefully documented project records should be kept in the form of: A. daily construction progress reports only. B. a monthly summary report, but no other documentation is necessary. C. bar charts and S-curves only. D. daily construction progress reports and daily diaries.

8.

If there is a conflict between the various parts of the Contract Documents, which of the following will generally prevail? A. The drawings (plans). B. Shop Drawings. C. Specifications. D. Invitation for Bids

9.

On all construction work where the owner/engineer has assigned an inspector or resident project representative to inspect the work, the inspector or resident project representative should do which of the following: A. Inspect the work during construction and notify the contractor of any non-conforming items of work as soon as they are discovered. B. Inspect the work during construction and notify the contractor of any nonconforming work after completion of the particular structure that is being constructed at the time. C. Inspect all of the work after waiting until the project is completed, then require the contractor to re-do any items that fail to conform D. Tell the contractor in advance how the work should be done so that the owner/engineer is assured of a proper job.


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10.

In the daily handling of problems during the relationships between the contractor and the owner/engineer's resident project representative, the resident project representative should do which of the following: A. Interrupt the contractor when the superintendent is attempting to explain his or her position, then order the contractor to "cool it" and simply follow the resident project representative's instructions. B. Listen to the contractor's side of each problem or protest; then discuss the matter amicably and reach a judgment reflecting a cooperative attitude. C. Listen to the contractor's side of each problem or protest, then without further consideration, issue an order based upon the decision that had been made before the discussion started. D. Refuse to discuss the problem or protest at all.

11.

If a discrepancy is discovered which makes literal interpretation of the plans and specifications impossible, the owner/engineer's resident project representative or inspector should: A. tell the contractor to "cut-to-fit" and "beat-to-shape" until everything fits OK. B. telephone the project manager or engineer responsible for the plans and specifications for instructions before proceeding with the work. C. work out a solution to the problem by yourself that will allow a field adaptation of the design error or omission. D. make a deal with the contractor for a trade-off in exchange for correcting the work.

12.

When the owner/engineer's inspector or the resident project representative or the contractor's superintendent leaves the project site for a while, it is permissible to do which of the following: A. Leave the site without notifying anyone. B. Leave word that you will be out for a while, but it is not necessary to say where or leave a number. C. Close the job for the day. D. Notify your office of your absence and leave a number where you can be reached.

13.

When a small change is to be made in the field which will result in a departure from the original plans and specifications, the owner/ engineer's resident project representative or inspector should do which of the following: A. Issue a Change Order or Work Directive Change for each such change. B. Make an oral deal with the contractor, accumulating tradeoffs, so as to avoid paper work and allow the job to look good. C. Issue Change Orders or Work Directive Changes for major changes only, and issue only a Field Order for the small changes. D. Allow the contractor to unofficially make the change, as long as the quality of the work is acceptable.


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14.

For a public works project, changes may not be made to any of the documents during which of the following phases? A. After bid opening, but before award of the contract. B. Before opening of bids, but after advertising for bids. C. After bid opening, but before signing of the agreement. D. After award of the contract, but before signing the agreement.

15.

If you are working for the owner/engineer and you are called upon in the field to make an important decision in the field, You should: A. tell the contractor that you cannot make a decision yourself; then, defer the matter to your supervisor for a decision. B. study the matter long enough to investigate all of the facts and their impact on other portions of the work, then return to the contractor with the decision. C. demonstrate to the contractor what an experienced and competent field engineer or inspector that you are by making a quick, firm decision. D. tell the contractor that you will give the matter some thought, then try to get back with a decision whenever you get the chance.

16.

At the beginning of a project, a careful study should be made of: A. the contractor's past record of performance and finances. B. the plans only. C. the plans and specifications technical requirements only, as the legal staff will handle the "front end" documents. D. the plans and specifications including the "front-end" documents.

17.

If you are representing the owner/engineer, and during the bidding phase of a project, a bidder telephones your office calling attention to what the bidder believes to be an error, and makes a request for clarification or correction, you should: A. check out the reported error while still on the telephone, give the caller the corrected data orally, then send an addenda to everyone e 1 s e . B. deny that an error exists and tell the caller to bid the work as it was specified and make his or her own interpretations. C. take all of the information from the caller, then advise him or her to bid the job as it was originally specified unless an addenda is issued, and that if an error was in fact discovered, it will be corrected by addenda which will be mailed to all bidders. D. try to be as helpful as possible by checking with the original designer; then, if an error is noted, give the caller the correct information, but do not go out of your way to inform others unless they call with the same question.

18.

Photographs should be taken on the project site: A. occasionally during construction. B. only when a problem occurs


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C. regularly, showing all principal features, problems, and progress made to date. D. not at all. 19.

The relationship of the owner/engineer's resident project representative or inspector to the contractor should be which of the following: A. A firm but amiable and cordial member of the construction team. B. A technical policeman to insist upon rigid adherence to all orders and project documents provisions. C. A firm adversary of the contractor to assure that there will be no attempt to "get by" with something. D. Quite friendly; meet socially occasionally.

20.

If you are employed by the owner or engineer and you observe a safety hazard that could result in serious injury or death of a worker, (an imminent hazard) you should do which of the following: A. Document the information in your diary, but take no other action, as safety is the sole responsibility of the contractor. B. Immediately start searching for the contractor's superintendent or other supervisory person on the contractor’s staff and issue instructions for him or her to order the employees out of the danger area, followed by corrective action by the contractor. C. Order the workers that are in potential danger to remove themselves from the hazardous area, then take administrative action to have the contractor correct the situation. D. Ignore the issue so as not to become involved. - END OF EXAMINATION -


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NOTES TO USER: The following is a final examination used by the author while teaching the course as a fourth-year course at California State University. For the benefit of others who may choose to select questions from the test, the answers have been shown in bold. Some questions relate specifically to the public contract laws of California and have been indicated by an asterisk placed before the question number.


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