Basic Computer Hardware Quiz

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Welcome to our Basic Computer Hardware Quiz, designed to help you understand the fundamental components of computer systems. In this quiz, you'll explore the building blocks of modern computers, including CPUs, RAM, storage devices, and more. Through a series of engaging questions, you'll test your understanding of hardware components and their functions within a computer system.

By participating in our Basic Computer Hardware Quiz, you'll gain valuable insights into the inner workings of PCs and laptops. You'll learn how different hardware components interact with each other to facilitate various computing tasks, from running programs to storing data. No Read morematter your background or experience level, this quiz offers a fun and educational way to explore the world of computer hardware.


Basic Computer Hardware Questions and Answers

  • 1. 

    The instructions that tell the computer what to do and how to do it:

    • A.

      Software

    • B.

      Hardware

    • C.

      Mouse

    • D.

      Monitor

    Correct Answer
    A. Software
    Explanation
    Software refers to the set of instructions or programs that tell the computer what tasks to perform and how to perform them. It is a collection of code written by programmers that enables the computer to execute specific functions or operations. Unlike hardware, which includes physical components like the mouse and monitor, software is intangible and exists as files or programs stored on the computer's storage devices. It is responsible for managing and controlling the computer's resources, allowing users to interact with the hardware and perform various tasks.

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  • 2. 

    The heart (and brain) of the computer is 

    • A.

      RAM

    • B.

      ROM

    • C.

      CPU

    • D.

      Hard drive

    Correct Answer
    C. CPU
    Explanation
    The CPU, or Central Processing Unit, is considered the heart and brain of a computer. It is responsible for executing instructions and performing calculations, making it the most essential component of a computer. While RAM, ROM, and the hard drive are all important for storing and accessing data, it is the CPU that carries out all the processing tasks, making it the correct answer.

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  • 3. 

    When keyboarding, all of the following are examples of good posture, EXCEPT:

    • A.

      Eyes on the monitor

    • B.

      Fingers on "home row."

    • C.

      Back straight

    • D.

      Elbows on the table

    Correct Answer
    D. Elbows on the table
    Explanation
    Elbows on the table is not an example of good posture when keyboarding because it can lead to strain and discomfort in the arms, shoulders, and neck. It is important to keep the elbows slightly bent and relaxed, with the arms resting comfortably at the sides or on armrests if available. This helps to maintain a neutral position and reduce the risk of repetitive strain injuries.

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  • 4. 

    RAM stands for:

    • A.

      Random Access Memory

    • B.

      Rugs And Mud

    • C.

      Raspberry And Mayonnaise

    • D.

      Really Awesome Monkeys

    Correct Answer
    A. Random Access Memory
    Explanation
    RAM stands for Random Access Memory. It is a type of computer memory that allows data to be read from or written to in almost the same amount of time regardless of the physical location of data inside the memory. This makes it a fast and efficient form of memory for storing and accessing data temporarily while the computer is running. The other options, Really Awesome Monkeys, Rugs And Mud, and Raspberry And Mayonnaise, do not accurately represent the acronym RAM.

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  • 5. 

    When you save a file, it is permanently saved on the:

    • A.

      CPU

    • B.

      Monitor

    • C.

      Hard drive

    • D.

      Keyboard

    Correct Answer
    C. Hard drive
    Explanation
    When you save a file, it is permanently saved on the hard drive. The hard drive is a storage device in a computer that allows you to store and retrieve data. Unlike other components like the CPU, monitor, or keyboard, the hard drive is designed specifically for long-term storage of files and data. Saving a file on the hard drive ensures that it will be accessible even after you turn off the computer.

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  • 6. 

    Select three input devices your computer uses:

    • A.

      Mouse, keyboard, monitor

    • B.

      Mouse, keyboard, scanner

    • C.

      Mouse, printer, CPU

    • D.

      Mouse, scanner, printer

    Correct Answer
    B. Mouse, keyboard, scanner
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Mouse, keyboard, scanner. These three devices are commonly used as input devices for computers. The mouse is used to navigate and select items on the screen, the keyboard is used for typing and entering commands, and the scanner is used to input physical documents or images into the computer.

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  • 7. 

    What type of device allows you to save your file and then take the file with you to access on a different computer?

    • A.

      Pen drive (USB drive), memory card

    • B.

      Printer, scanner

    • C.

      Floppy disk or hard drive

    • D.

      Camera phone or hard drive

    Correct Answer
    A. Pen drive (USB drive), memory card
    Explanation
    A pen drive or memory card is a portable storage device that allows you to save files and carry them with you to access on a different computer. These devices are small and lightweight devices make them convenient for transferring and storing data. They can be easily plugged into different computers, allowing you to access your files wherever you go. Floppy disks and hard drives are not as portable as pen drives or memory cards, and camera phones are primarily used for capturing and storing images, not for transferring files between computers.

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  • 8. 

    Behavior when using the computer that conforms to accepted standards of conduct:

    • A.

      Uniform Use Agreement

    • B.

      All Use Agreement

    • C.

      Acceptable Use Agreement

    • D.

      Computer Use Agreement

    Correct Answer
    C. Acceptable Use Agreement
    Explanation
    The term "Acceptable Use Agreement" refers to a set of rules and guidelines that users must abide by when using a computer. This agreement outlines the acceptable behavior and conduct expected from users, ensuring that they adhere to accepted standards. It typically includes guidelines on appropriate online behavior, restrictions on accessing certain content, and rules regarding the use of resources. By following this agreement, users can maintain a safe and productive computing environment.

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  • 9. 

    What is the most common keyboard layout?

    • A.

      QWERTY

    • B.

      QYTERS

    • C.

      DVORKB

    • D.

      EODISP

    Correct Answer
    A. QWERTY
    Explanation
    The most common keyboard layout is QWERTY. This layout was designed in the 1860s by Christopher Sholes and was originally used in typewriters. It is still used today in most English-language keyboards. The QWERTY layout is named after the first six letters in the top row of the keyboard. It is designed to prevent the jamming of mechanical typewriters by placing commonly used letters apart from each other. Despite the rise of alternative keyboard layouts, QWERTY remains the most widely used and recognized keyboard layout.

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  • 10. 

    Which of these computer parts is used by moving it?

    • A.

      Keyboard

    • B.

      Mouse

    • C.

      RAM

    • D.

      Hard-disk

    Correct Answer
    B. Mouse
    Explanation
    The mouse is the computer part that is used by moving it. It is a pointing device that allows the user to control the cursor on the screen by moving it across a surface. The movement of the mouse is translated into corresponding movements of the cursor, allowing the user to interact with the computer and perform various tasks such as selecting, clicking, dragging, and scrolling.

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Godwin Iheuwa |MS, Computer Science |
Computer Expert
Godwin is a proficient Database Administrator currently employed at MTN Nigeria. He holds as MS in Computer Science from the University of Bedfordshire, where he specialized in Agile Methodologies and Database Administration. He also earned a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Port Harcourt. With expertise in SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) and SQL Server Management Studio, Godwin's knowledge and experience enhance the authority of our quizzes, ensuring accuracy and relevance in the realm of computer science.

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