Thinking Machines: The Creation Of The Computer – Film Questions

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Thinking Machines: The Creation Of The Computer  Film Questions

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    HIGH SPEED, SMALL PACKAGE What are the two states that a computer’s basic components can be switched to?
    • A. 

      True / False

    • B. 

      On / Off

    • C. 

      O / 1

  • 2. 
    Input from the keyboard is picked up by what part of the computer?
    • A. 

      Motherboard

    • B. 

      CPU

    • C. 

      Circuit Board

  • 3. 
    CALCULATING BY STEAM  Fields such as engineering, navigation, surveying, finance, and science relied on volume after volume of ___________?     
  • 4. 
    Charles ______________ designed and built the Difference Engine.  
  • 5. 
    In what year did the Difference Engine finally solve its first problem?   
    • A. 

      1932

    • B. 

      1821

    • C. 

      1932

    • D. 

      1832

  • 6. 
    Babbage’s newer design for his computer machine was known as the _________________ engine.    
    • A. 

      Babbage

    • B. 

      Analytical

    • C. 

      Difference

    • D. 

      Computing

  • 7. 
    The _________ was the heart of Babbage’s machine and handled the processing like a CPU would in a modern computer.    
  • 8. 
    In Babbage's machine, the __________  held numbers to be used in the calculations (like modern computer memory).  
    • A. 

      Store

    • B. 

      Mill

    • C. 

      Cache

  • 9. 
    __________ cards were used to feed information into the computer.   
    • A. 

      Credit

    • B. 

      Punch

    • C. 

      Christmas

  • 10. 
    Who do people refer to as the “the world’s first programmer”?   
    • A. 

      Queen Victoria

    • B. 

      Laura Secord

    • C. 

      Ada Lovelace

  • 11. 
    Was the Analytical engine ever completed in Babbage’s lifetime?    
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 12. 
    SAVING THE CENSUS America was becoming the world’s greatest ___________ power.
  • 13. 
    The American Census is required to be held every _______ years.
  • 14. 
    In what year did the census problem reach a crisis?
    • A. 

      1880

    • B. 

      1887

    • C. 

      1890

  • 15. 
    Herman _____________ developed a system of counting using punched cards.  
    • A. 

      Helmsley

    • B. 

      Hollerith

    • C. 

      Hollister

  • 16. 
    How many times faster was Hollerith's machine than manual counting?  
    • A. 

      10 times faster

    • B. 

      100 times faster

    • C. 

      50 times faster

  • 17. 
    What was Holleriths new company called?      
    • A. 

      International Business Machines

    • B. 

      Tabulating Machine Company

    • C. 

      Compaq Computer Company

  • 18. 
    THE NUMBER BUSINESS What industry did Hollerith next set his sights on for his machine?
    • A. 

      Construction

    • B. 

      Farming

    • C. 

      Railroads

    • D. 

      Shipping

  • 19. 
    In 1924, Thomas Watson renamed Hollerith’s company. What was the new name?
    • A. 

      International Business Machines

    • B. 

      Tabulating Machine Company

    • C. 

      Ford Motor Company

  • 20. 
    A COLOSSUS TO SOLVE AN ENIGMA The ____________ was the “unbreakable” German code machine.
  • 21. 
    The _____________ was the computer created by the British to break the key for the code. 
    • A. 

      Colossus

    • B. 

      Enigma

    • C. 

      Eniac

  • 22. 
    What kept Colossus from reaching the prominence of other famous computers?    
    • A. 

      It did not work

    • B. 

      It was classified as Top Secret

    • C. 

      It was stolen by the Germans

  • 23. 
    THE PHILADELPHIA BRAIN What war machine component faced a critical shortage in 1943?   
    • A. 

      Parrott Guns

    • B. 

      Case Shots

    • C. 

      Firing Tables

    • D. 

      Rockets

  • 24. 
    Without tables what could not be done?  
    • A. 

      Calculate number of troops required

    • B. 

      Calculate number of bombs needed

    • C. 

      Calculate number of casualties

    • D. 

      Calculate range of missiles

  • 25. 
    John Mauchly’s computer claimed to be able to create a table in ______ seconds.   
    • A. 

      10

    • B. 

      20

    • C. 

      100

    • D. 

      200

  • 26. 
    Mauchly's machine was known as the __________.
    • A. 

      Univac

    • B. 

      Eniac

    • C. 

      701

    • D. 

      Enigma

  • 27. 
    What old computer parts burn out like light bulbs?   
    • A. 

      Cathode Ray Tubes

    • B. 

      Transistors

    • C. 

      Vacuum Tubes

    • D. 

      Fuses

  • 28. 
    THE PATHFINDERS John Von Neumann’s paper outlined a computer that held its programs _____________.  
    • A. 

      Internally

    • B. 

      On a punch card

    • C. 

      Externally

    • D. 

      On a disk

  • 29. 
    Eckart and Mauchly set up a company to build computers for business. Their first machine was called the _______________. 
    • A. 

      Eniac

    • B. 

      Hoover Vac

    • C. 

      Univac

    • D. 

      Colossus

  • 30. 
    The first Univac was delivered to the Census Bureau in the year ____________.     
  • 31. 
    What was the turning point of success for the Univac?
    • A. 

      Completing 1952 Census in record time

    • B. 

      Predicting 1952 Presidential Election results

    • C. 

      1961 Satellite launch

    • D. 

      Cracking the German Enigma code

  • 32. 
    IBM WAKES What office machine company did most American companies still depend on at this time? 
    • A. 

      Tabulating Machine Company

    • B. 

      General Electric

    • C. 

      International Business Machines

    • D. 

      Xerox

  • 33. 
    In 1953, IBM unveiled this new computer.     
    • A. 

      700

    • B. 

      701

    • C. 

      702

    • D. 

      703

  • 34. 
    THE SPACE RACE In _____________ America was trailing Russia in the race to space.    (write the corect year)
  • 35. 
    Which engineers realized that a powerful computer must be on board the space shuttle? 
    • A. 

      Russian

    • B. 

      NASA

    • C. 

      FBI

    • D. 

      US Navy

  • 36. 
    It was discovered that large vacuum tubes could be replaced by _____________.  
    • A. 

      Resistors

    • B. 

      Transistors

    • C. 

      Capacitors

    • D. 

      Smaller Tubes

  • 37. 
    This type of circuit was developed in 1959 and was a huge breakthrough in computer design. 
    • A. 

      Transistor Circuit

    • B. 

      Internal Circuit

    • C. 

      External Circuit

    • D. 

      Integrated Circuit

  • 38. 
    Ted Hoff from Intel developed the first working model of a micro ____________.  
    • A. 

      Circuit

    • B. 

      Processor

    • C. 

      Computer

    • D. 

      Transistor

  • 39. 
    COMPUTERS ON A CHIP In the early-mid 1970’s, two guys named Steve began manufacturing what computer? 
  • 40. 
    What early computer developed by Xerox had the first mouse and graphical interface? 
    • A. 

      Alto

    • B. 

      Altair

    • C. 

      Apple

    • D. 

      701