Sample Questions

MSE Walls, Berms, and Slopes Using Geosynthetic Reinforcement




Q1.  The acronym “MSE” refers to layers of reinforcement in the…

A.   surcharge fill

B.    facing system

C.   retained soil zones

D.   reinforced soil zone


Q2.  How are “walls and berms” distinguished from “slopes”?

A.   By the angles of the surcharge slope

B.   By the angle of the facing

C.   By the type of facing

D.   By the type of soil filing being used


Q3.  The most common types of MSE wall or berm facing is


A.   masonry block and precast panel concrete

B.   masonry block and welded wire

C.   cast-in-place concrete and precast panel concrete

D.   welded wire and timber faced


Q4.  The most common type of geosynthetic reinforcement for MSE structures is…


A.   geotextiles

B.   geogrids

C.   geomembranes

D.   geocomposites


Q5.  The leveling course for a MSE structure is usually…


A.   reinforced concrete footing

B.    precast concrete slabs

C.   layer of coarse aggregate

D.   layer of fine grained silt of clay


Q6.  Concern over the stability of drainage pipe and utilities in the reinforced soil zone is heightened when using…


A.   well compacted granular soil

B.    well compacted fine grained soil

C.   poorly compacted granular soil

D.   poorly compacted fine grained soil


Q7.  A typical compaction specification for compacted soil in the reinforced soil zone is…


A.   95% standard Proctor

B.    95% modified Proctor

C.   50% standard Proctor

D.   50% modified Proctor