Middle School Computer Pretest

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Middle School Computer Pretest - Quiz

Computer Literacy assessment for 8th grade.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    To indent the first paragraph of your report, you should use this key.

    • A.

      Space bar

    • B.

      Return key

    • C.

      Shift key

    • D.

      Tab key

    Correct Answer
    D. Tab key
    Explanation
    To indent the first paragraph of your report, you should use the tab key. The tab key is commonly used to create an indentation at the beginning of a paragraph, making it visually distinct from the rest of the text. By pressing the tab key once at the beginning of the paragraph, you can easily create a consistent and professional-looking indentation throughout your report.

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  • 2. 

    A printer is this kind of device.

    • A.

      Input

    • B.

      Word processing

    • C.

      Output

    • D.

      Telecommunication

    Correct Answer
    C. Output
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "output" because a printer is a device that produces a physical copy or representation of digital or electronic data, such as text or images, which is an example of an output function.

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  • 3. 

    A small picture that represents something on your screen...such as an application.

    • A.

      Photo

    • B.

      Modem

    • C.

      Icon

    • D.

      Graphic

    Correct Answer
    C. Icon
    Explanation
    An icon is a small picture that represents something on your screen, such as an application. Icons are commonly used in user interfaces to visually represent different functions or programs. They are usually small, simplified images that are easily recognizable and help users navigate and interact with their devices or software. Icons are a visual shorthand that allows users to quickly identify and access specific functions or applications without the need for text-based labels.

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  • 4. 

    A keyboard is what kind of device?

    • A.

      Input

    • B.

      Word processing

    • C.

      Output

    • D.

      Telecommunication

    Correct Answer
    A. Input
    Explanation
    A keyboard is considered an input device because it allows the user to input data, commands, and text into a computer system. It is used to type and enter information, which is then processed and displayed by the computer. Keyboards are essential for interacting with and controlling a computer, making them a primary input device in most computing systems.

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  • 5. 

    To take information from one source and bring it into your computer is called

    • A.

      Upload

    • B.

      Transfer

    • C.

      Download

    • D.

      Retrieve

    Correct Answer
    C. Download
    Explanation
    Downloading refers to the process of taking information or data from a source and bringing it into your computer or device. It involves receiving data from a remote system, typically a server, and saving it onto your local device for further use or access. This can include downloading files, documents, images, videos, or any other form of digital content.

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  • 6. 

    To take information from your computer and send it to another computer source is called

    • A.

      Upload

    • B.

      Download

    • C.

      Transfer

    • D.

      Retrieve

    Correct Answer
    A. Upload
    Explanation
    The term "upload" refers to the process of transferring data or information from a local computer or device to a remote computer or server. It involves sending files or data from the user's computer to another computer or online platform. This is commonly done when sharing files, documents, images, or videos with others or when uploading content to websites, cloud storage, or social media platforms.

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  • 7. 

    You just purchased a new software program for your computer. Your friend asked you to make a copy for her. What is your most ethical response?

    • A.

      "I can't copy it because it will break copyright laws."

    • B.

      "Sure. I'll give you a copy."

    • C.

      "I'll copy it, but you have to promise not to tell anybody."

    • D.

      "I'll copy it for you, but you can't copy it for anyone else."

    Correct Answer
    A. "I can't copy it because it will break copyright laws."
    Explanation
    The most ethical response is "I can't copy it because it will break copyright laws." This response acknowledges the legal implications of making a copy of the software program and shows respect for intellectual property rights. It demonstrates a commitment to ethical behavior by refusing to engage in illegal activities, even if requested by a friend.

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  • 8. 

    What are the two parts of an E-mail address?

    • A.

      User name and street address

    • B.

      Legal name and phone number

    • C.

      User name and domain name

    • D.

      Initials and password

    Correct Answer
    C. User name and domain name
    Explanation
    The two parts of an E-mail address are the user name and the domain name. The user name is the unique identifier of the individual or organization using the email address, while the domain name specifies the location or provider of the email service. Together, these two parts form a complete email address, allowing messages to be sent and received.

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  • 9. 

    What part of the computer stores programs and files for later use?

    • A.

      Ram memory

    • B.

      Hard drive

    • C.

      Motherboard

    • D.

      Adapter board

    Correct Answer
    B. Hard drive
    Explanation
    The hard drive is the part of the computer that stores programs and files for later use. It is a non-volatile storage device that allows for long-term storage of data even when the computer is turned off. Unlike RAM memory, which is volatile and only stores data temporarily while the computer is running, the hard drive retains data even after the computer is shut down. This makes it the ideal storage medium for programs and files that need to be accessed at a later time.

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  • 10. 

    Juan wants to keep a computer file of all his friends and their addresses. What is the BEST application to use?

    • A.

      MS Publisher

    • B.

      Google Docs Word Processing

    • C.

      Google Spreadsheet

    • D.

      MS Powerpoint

    Correct Answer
    C. Google Spreadsheet
    Explanation
    Google Spreadsheet is the best application to use for keeping a computer file of all Juan's friends and their addresses. This is because Google Spreadsheet allows for easy organization and manipulation of data in a tabular format, making it ideal for creating a database of friends and their addresses. Additionally, Google Spreadsheet is accessible from any device with an internet connection, allowing Juan to access and update his friend's information from anywhere.

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  • 11. 

    Your teacher has asked you to sort her class roster in ascending order by students' last names. Which of the following is the best example of a sort in that order?

    • A.

      Davis, Campbell, Barnes, Akers

    • B.

      Barnes, Akers, Campbell, Davis

    • C.

      Akers, Davis, Campbell, Barnes

    • D.

      Akers, Barnes, Campbell, Davis

    Correct Answer
    D. Akers, Barnes, Campbell, Davis
    Explanation
    The given answer, "Akers, Barnes, Campbell, Davis," is the best example of a sort in ascending order by students' last names. The names are arranged alphabetically, starting with "Akers" and ending with "Davis," following the order of the English alphabet.

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  • 12. 

    A great multimedia presentation should contain an integration of which of the following?

    • A.

      Videos

    • B.

      Text, pictures, and sound

    • C.

      Text, pictures, video, animation and sound

    • D.

      Drawings and sound

    Correct Answer
    C. Text, pictures, video, animation and sound
    Explanation
    A great multimedia presentation should contain an integration of text, pictures, video, animation, and sound. This combination allows for a dynamic and engaging presentation that appeals to multiple senses and enhances the overall message being conveyed. Text provides information and context, pictures and videos add visual interest and help to illustrate concepts, animation adds movement and interactivity, and sound brings an auditory element to the presentation. By including all of these elements, the presentation becomes more immersive and effective in capturing and retaining the audience's attention.

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  • 13. 

    A blinking symbol on the screen that shows where the next character will appear.

    • A.

      Delete key

    • B.

      Arrow key

    • C.

      Cursor

    • D.

      Pointer

    Correct Answer
    C. Cursor
    Explanation
    The blinking symbol on the screen that shows where the next character will appear is called a cursor. The cursor indicates the position where the user can input text or perform actions. It helps the user to navigate through the screen and accurately place the cursor in the desired location. The cursor is an essential element in user interfaces as it provides visual feedback and enhances user interaction with the system.

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  • 14. 

    Lisa needs to turn in a four-page, typed report for computer class.  Which type of program would be best for her to use?

    • A.

      Spreadsheet

    • B.

      Presentation

    • C.

      Email

    • D.

      Word processing

    Correct Answer
    D. Word processing
    Explanation
    A word processing program would be the best choice for Lisa to use because it is specifically designed for creating and editing text documents. It provides features such as formatting options, spell check, and the ability to easily insert images and tables. With a word processing program, Lisa can easily type and format her report, ensuring that it is organized and professional-looking.

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  • 15. 

    The uniform resource locator or the address of a web site is known as its:

    • A.

      Hyperlink

    • B.

      URL

    • C.

      Web page

    • D.

      Bookmark

    Correct Answer
    B. URL
    Explanation
    A URL, or Uniform Resource Locator, is the address used to locate a specific webpage or resource on the internet. It consists of various components, including the protocol (such as HTTP or HTTPS), the domain name, and the specific path or location of the resource. A URL is used to uniquely identify and access web pages, making it the correct answer in this context.

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  • 16. 

    A non-profit organization would include which of these in its domain name?

    • A.

      .com

    • B.

      .gov

    • C.

      .org

    • D.

      .ogz

    Correct Answer
    C. .org
    Explanation
    A non-profit organization would include ".org" in its domain name because .org is a top-level domain (TLD) that is commonly used by non-profit organizations. It is recognized as a trusted domain extension for organizations that operate for the benefit of society, such as charities, NGOs, and educational institutions. Using .org in the domain name helps to convey the organization's non-profit status and mission to the public.

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  • 17. 

    What does a BROWSER do?

    • A.

      Looks through magazines and books in the library

    • B.

      Makes backup copies of your files

    • C.

      Allow you to surf the internet

    • D.

      Allow you to check you computer's memory

    Correct Answer
    C. Allow you to surf the internet
    Explanation
    A browser is a software application that allows users to access and navigate the internet. It enables users to search for and view websites, access web pages, and interact with online content. Browsers provide a graphical interface for users to input website addresses, search for information, and display the requested web pages. They also support features like bookmarks, history, and tabbed browsing to enhance the user experience while surfing the internet. Therefore, the correct answer is "allow you to surf the internet."

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  • 18. 

    What is a hyperlink?

    • A.

      An element in an electronic document, i.e. the web, that links to another place in the same document or to an entirely different document.

    • B.

      An animated icon within a document that's used for decoration purposes.

    • C.

      An icon on the computer's desktop that represents a software program.

    Correct Answer
    A. An element in an electronic document, i.e. the web, that links to another place in the same document or to an entirely different document.
    Explanation
    A hyperlink is an element in an electronic document, such as a webpage, that allows users to navigate to another place within the same document or to a completely different document. It is a clickable link that connects different parts of the web together, allowing users to easily access related information or resources. Hyperlinks are a fundamental feature of the internet and are widely used to create interconnectedness between webpages.

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  • 19. 

    A system that makes it easy to find information on the Internet is called 

    • A.

      A word processing program

    • B.

      A search engine

    • C.

      A social networking site

    • D.

      A browser

    Correct Answer
    B. A search engine
    Explanation
    A search engine is a system that allows users to easily find information on the Internet by searching for specific keywords or phrases. Unlike a word processing program, which is used for creating and editing documents, a search engine specifically focuses on retrieving relevant information from the vast amount of data available online. It is different from a social networking site, which is primarily used for connecting and interacting with other users, and a browser, which is a software application used to access and view websites.

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  • 20. 

    How is data organized in a spreadsheet? 

    • A.

      Height and width

    • B.

      Layers and planes

    • C.

      Rows and columns

    • D.

      Lines and space

    Correct Answer
    C. Rows and columns
    Explanation
    Data in a spreadsheet is organized in rows and columns. Rows represent the horizontal arrangement of data, while columns represent the vertical arrangement. Each cell in the spreadsheet is identified by a unique combination of row and column, allowing for easy organization and manipulation of data. This structure enables users to input, store, and analyze data in a tabular format, making it convenient for various purposes such as calculations, sorting, and filtering.

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  • 21. 

    What general term describes the physical equipment of a computer system, such as its screen, keyboard, and storage devices? 

    • A.

      Input

    • B.

      Output

    • C.

      Software

    • D.

      Hardware

    Correct Answer
    D. Hardware
    Explanation
    Hardware refers to the physical components of a computer system, including the screen, keyboard, and storage devices. It encompasses all tangible parts that can be seen and touched. Unlike software, which refers to the programs and instructions that run on the computer, hardware is the physical equipment that enables the computer to function and perform tasks.

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  • 22. 

    Which of the following best describes uploading information? 

    • A.

      Receiving information from a host computer

    • B.

      Sending information to a host computer

    • C.

      Storing data on the hard drive

    • D.

      Storing data on a disk drive

    Correct Answer
    B. Sending information to a host computer
    Explanation
    Uploading information refers to the process of sending information to a host computer. This involves transferring data from a local device or computer to a remote server or host. It is the opposite of downloading, where information is received from a host computer. Storing data on the hard drive or disk drive is not specifically related to uploading, but rather refers to saving or storing data locally on a storage device.

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  • 23. 

    Trish is editing the last paragraph of her essay. she had decided to add another sentence fefore the last sentence. Which of the following would be the most efficient process?

    • A.

      Type the sentence in another document and then place it in her essay where she wants it.

    • B.

      Type the sentence at the end of her essay and then move it to where she wants it.

    • C.

      Type the sentence at the end of her essay, copy the new sentence, and then paste it where she wants it.

    • D.

      Put the cursor at the point where she wants to add the sentence and then type the sentence.

    Correct Answer
    D. Put the cursor at the point where she wants to add the sentence and then type the sentence.
    Explanation
    The most efficient process would be to put the cursor at the point where she wants to add the sentence and then type the sentence. This allows Trish to directly insert the sentence at the desired location without any additional steps such as copying, pasting, or moving the sentence. It saves time and effort by eliminating unnecessary actions.

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  • 24. 

    When is a storyboard most helpful?

    • A.

      At the end of a project to be sure the project is complete

    • B.

      At the end of a project to be sure the project is linear

    • C.

      During the project planning

    • D.

      In the middle of a project to

    Correct Answer
    C. During the project planning
    Explanation
    A storyboard is most helpful during the project planning phase as it allows for the visualization and organization of ideas, concepts, and sequences. It helps in mapping out the flow of the project, identifying any gaps or inconsistencies, and ensuring that all elements are cohesive and aligned with the project goals. By using a storyboard, the project team can effectively communicate and collaborate, make necessary adjustments, and have a clear roadmap before starting the actual production.

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  • 25. 

    What is a wiki?

    • A.

      A blog intended for people to share their opinions.

    • B.

      A search engine used to find information on the internet.

    • C.

      A collaborative or community website which can be edited by anyone.

    • D.

      A social networking site where people can download pictures and graphics.

    Correct Answer
    C. A collaborative or community website which can be edited by anyone.
    Explanation
    A wiki is a collaborative or community website where users have the ability to edit and contribute to its content. Unlike a blog, which is primarily used for sharing opinions, a wiki focuses on creating and maintaining a collective knowledge base. It is not a search engine or a social networking site for downloading pictures and graphics.

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  • 26. 

    Wipes, dissolves, and fades are different types of _____________ used in PowerPoint to move from 1 slide to another.

    • A.

      WordArt

    • B.

      Transitions

    • C.

      Layouts

    • D.

      SmartArt

    Correct Answer
    B. Transitions
    Explanation
    Transitions are used in PowerPoint to create visual effects when moving from one slide to another. Wipes, dissolves, and fades are all examples of transitions that can be applied to slides. These effects add a professional and polished look to presentations, making them more engaging and visually appealing for the audience.

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  • 27. 

    Which one of the applications below is not a part of the Microsoft Office software package?

    • A.

      Excel

    • B.

      PowerPoint

    • C.

      Comic Life

    • D.

      Word

    Correct Answer
    C. Comic Life
    Explanation
    Comic Life is not a part of the Microsoft Office software package. While Excel, PowerPoint, and Word are all applications that are included in Microsoft Office, Comic Life is a separate software that is not developed or owned by Microsoft. It is a tool used for creating comic strips and graphic novels.

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  • 28. 

    Which of these would be the appropriate margin when using MLA format?

    • A.

      1.5 inch

    • B.

      1.0 inch

    • C.

      .5 inch

    • D.

      1.5 inch

    Correct Answer
    B. 1.0 inch
    Explanation
    The appropriate margin when using MLA format is 1.0 inch. This is because MLA format requires a one-inch margin on all sides of the paper. This margin ensures that there is enough white space around the text and allows for easy reading and grading of the paper. A one-inch margin is a standard requirement in MLA format and helps to maintain consistency and readability in academic writing.

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  • 29. 

    If you were doing a multimedia presentation, which of the following applications would you most likely NOT use?

    • A.

      MS Word

    • B.

      Prezi

    • C.

      PowerPoint

    • D.

      Animoto

    Correct Answer
    A. MS Word
    Explanation
    In a multimedia presentation, MS Word would most likely not be used because it is primarily a word processing application, not specifically designed for creating dynamic and interactive presentations. While MS Word can be used to create basic slides, it lacks the advanced features and capabilities that specialized presentation software like PowerPoint, Prezi, and Animoto offer. These applications provide a wide range of multimedia tools, such as animations, transitions, video embedding, and interactive elements, which are essential for engaging and captivating presentations.

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  • 30. 

    What is Web 2.0?

    • A.

      An application allowing users to chat with other users

    • B.

      A second generation of the World Wide Web that is focused on the ability for people to collaborate and share information online.

    • C.

      A phone application that focuses on giving users the ability to hack the Internet

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. A second generation of the World Wide Web that is focused on the ability for people to collaborate and share information online.
    Explanation
    Web 2.0 refers to the second generation of the World Wide Web, which is characterized by the ability for people to collaborate and share information online. Unlike the previous version of the web, Web 2.0 emphasizes user-generated content and user participation, allowing individuals to actively create and share content, interact with others, and collaborate on various platforms and applications. This shift in the web's functionality has led to the development of social media platforms, blogs, wikis, and other tools that enable users to engage in online collaboration and information sharing.

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