Grade 8 Technology Assessment

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Grade 8 Technology Assessment - Quiz

This quiz is to assess whether you are proficient in the required National Education for Technology Standards for students completing Grade 8.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Which computer peripheral is an output device?

    • A.

      Scanner

    • B.

      Mouse

    • C.

      Monitor

    • D.

      Keyboard

    Correct Answer
    C. Monitor
    Explanation
    A peripheral is an electronic object connected by cable to the CPU of a computer. An output device is something that tells the user what the computer is doing.

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  • 2. 

    The blinking line or arrow on the computer screen is called the

    • A.

      Cursor

    • B.

      Graphic

    • C.

      Space bar

    • D.

      Mouse

    Correct Answer
    A. Cursor
    Explanation
    The blinking line or arrow on the computer screen is called the cursor. The cursor indicates the current position where text or commands can be entered. It can be moved using a mouse or keyboard, allowing users to navigate through documents, select text, or interact with various elements on the screen. The cursor is an essential element in computer interfaces, providing visual feedback and aiding in user interaction.

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  • 3. 

    The default orientation of a word processor document is

    • A.

      Document

    • B.

      Portrait

    • C.

      Landscape

    • D.

      Slide

    Correct Answer
    B. Portrait
    Explanation
    Word processors are mostly used for creating letters and documents which is why portrait is the default.

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  • 4. 

    To copy and paste a paragraph from one document to another, you would first

    • A.

      Hold the shift key and C

    • B.

      Hold the alt key and C

    • C.

      Hold the ctrl key and C

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Hold the ctrl key and C
    Explanation
    To copy and paste a paragraph from one document to another, you would hold the ctrl key and C. This is because the ctrl key is commonly used as a modifier key in combination with other keys to perform various functions. In this case, holding the ctrl key and pressing the C key simultaneously triggers the copy command, allowing you to duplicate the selected text or paragraph.

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  • 5. 

    To paste a picture into Microsoft Word that you already have in your clipboard, you would

    • A.

      Click insert>picture

    • B.

      Click ctrl P

    • C.

      Click ctrl V

    • D.

      Click alt P

    Correct Answer
    C. Click ctrl V
    Explanation
    When you copy or cut an object in Microsoft Word, it is held in the clipboard until it replaced by another object. As long as another object is not copied or cut, the original object can easily be pasted at any time during a session.

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  • 6. 

    Which key is used to capitalize the first letter of a word?

    • A.

      Num lock

    • B.

      Caps lock

    • C.

      Shift

    • D.

      Tab

    Correct Answer
    C. Shift
    Explanation
    Never use Caps lock unless you want all of your text to be capitalized.

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  • 7. 

    What is a CD-RW

    • A.

      Compact Disc - Reworkable

    • B.

      Compact Disc-Recordable

    • C.

      Compact Disc- Rewritable

    • D.

      Compact Disk - Remember

    Correct Answer
    C. Compact Disc- Rewritable
    Explanation
    CD-R is a recordable CD but you can only record on it once. A CD-RW can be used over and over again (Similar to a flash drive).

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  • 8. 

    A hand-operated input device that moves a cursor on the computer screen is call a

    • A.

      Mouse

    • B.

      RAM

    • C.

      Video card

    • D.

      Sound card

    Correct Answer
    A. Mouse
    Explanation
    An input device is a peripheral that allows user to "input" information into the computer. In the case of the mouse, it is letting the computer know what the user wants to do.

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  • 9. 

    What are the home row keys?

    • A.

      Asdfghjk

    • B.

      Asdfjkl;

    • C.

      Qweruiop

    • D.

      Asdfhjk;

    Correct Answer
    B. Asdfjkl;
    Explanation
    The layout of the QUERTY keyboard and the location of the home row keys were determined based on research on what keys and words were used the most. It was designed for a typewriter which had arms that would get tangled up if certain keys were typed at the same time. Although we type on computers, the design stayed because people did not want to learn a new layout.

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  • 10. 

    To make a capital T, click on the shift key on the

    • A.

      Left

    • B.

      Right

    • C.

      None of the above - click on caps lock not shift

    Correct Answer
    B. Right
    Explanation
    For speed and accuracy, always click on the shift key with your pinky on the opposite side of the letter typed. NEVER use caps lock to create a single capital letter.

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  • 11. 

    To delete a letter that is to the left of the cursor, press

    • A.

      Backspace

    • B.

      Delete

    • C.

      Caps lock

    • D.

      Shift

    Correct Answer
    B. Delete
    Explanation
    Backspace is used when the cursor is to the right of the letter.

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  • 12. 

    When typing, keep your eyes on the

    • A.

      Printer

    • B.

      Keyboard

    • C.

      Monitor

    • D.

      Motherboard

    Correct Answer
    C. Monitor
    Explanation
    You can also keep your eyes on a paper you are copying. Of course, memorization of the location of the keys on the keyboard is required to do this efficiently. Try practicing this when you do your typing skills.

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  • 13. 

    A destructive code that spreads from computer to computer, capable of damaging software and "killing" a computer is a 

    • A.

      Computer

    • B.

      Motherboard

    • C.

      Cable

    • D.

      Virus

    Correct Answer
    D. Virus
    Explanation
    Viruses can come from flash drives, email attachments and links.

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  • 14. 

    Is it OK to make copies of software you bought from the store and pass it out to your friends?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    • C.

      Yes, if your friend really wants the software

    • D.

      Yes, if you install it on your own computer first

    Correct Answer
    B. No
    Explanation
    When you buy a game or computer program, you are paying for the right to use it on a specified around of your own computers as stated in the user license. It is actually illegal to make copies unless it is an open source application or permission is given by the manufacturer.

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  • 15. 

    The term for proper behavior on the Internet is 

    • A.

      Spamming

    • B.

      Telecommunications

    • C.

      Netiquette

    • D.

      Safety

    Correct Answer
    C. Netiquette
    Explanation
    The number one rule of netiquette is Remember the Human. This means always remember that you have a human audience whenever you communicate using the Internet. For extra credit, you can list 5 other rules at the end of this quiz.

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  • 16. 

    The information found on the Internet is __________accurate.

    • A.

      Always

    • B.

      Never

    • C.

      Sometimes

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Sometimes
    Explanation
    Remember ANYONE can make a website, ALWAYS check for research and sources of facts or data for accuracy. You should also know who the author is of the material as well and determine if he/she is a reliable source.

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  • 17. 

    Information can be gathered regarding the temperature of a substance and uploaded to a computer using a ___________ as a data collection probe.

    • A.

      Thermometer

    • B.

      Calculator

    • C.

      Keyboard

    • D.

      Scale

    Correct Answer
    A. Thermometer
    Explanation
    A keyboard would be used to input information into the computer, but a thermometer would be used to collect the data needed.

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  • 18. 

    To locate facts concerning the history of Egypt, John should use 

    • A.

      The Internet

    • B.

      Book on history of Egypt

    • C.

      Educational software

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    Always diversify your sources. Contrary to what you believe, not everything can be found on the Internet. Old technology, such as books are good resources for historical topics since information does not change very much. Check dates of publishing and reliability of authors. There are also a lot of educational software programs on history.

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  • 19. 

    Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari and Google Chrome are  

    • A.

      Word processors

    • B.

      Databases

    • C.

      Web browsers

    • D.

      Spreadsheets

    Correct Answer
    C. Web browsers
    Explanation
    Internet Explorer is the default browser for Windows OS and Safari is the default browser for Apple OS.. Firefox and Google Chrome can be installed on either OS.

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  • 20. 

    When using certain search engines, ______________characters (+, -, AND, OR, NOT) may be used to narrow your search.

    • A.

      Internet

    • B.

      Boolean

    • C.

      Browser

    • D.

      World Wide Web

    Correct Answer
    C. Browser
    Explanation
    Boolean terms allow the computer to focus on exactly what you are searching for.

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  • 21. 

    When creating a ________ presentation using sound, text, graphics and animation, Powerpoint or Keynote is used.

    • A.

      Document

    • B.

      Spreadsheet

    • C.

      Database

    • D.

      Multimedia

    Correct Answer
    D. Multimedia
    Explanation
    Powerpoint is the presentation software in the Microsoft Office suite. Keyote is the presentation software in the Apple iWorks suite. There are many other presentation applications available, such as Prezi.

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  • 22. 

    A projector used to display information from a computer onto a screen is an _________ device.

    • A.

      Input

    • B.

      Output

    • C.

      Both a & b

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Output
    Explanation
    The key words here are "from a computer". Any data coming from a computer is output.

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  • 23. 

    A chat room uses real-time communication between two or more users through a 

    • A.

      Computer

    • B.

      Hand written message

    • C.

      Phone call

    • D.

      Website

    Correct Answer
    A. Computer
    Explanation
    Chat rooms are social networking tools for communicating via the Internet. There may be a chatroom on a website, but the website itself is not the tool used to communicate.

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  • 24. 

    The _________________ is a global network connecting millions of computers.

    • A.

      Social network

    • B.

      Local area network

    • C.

      Internet

    • D.

      Computer network

    Correct Answer
    C. Internet
    Explanation
    Local Area Network (or LAN) is a network of computers in one locations (the computers in our school are connected to a LAN). Social network is a network of people online using tools such as Facebook or Twitter or even just networks of people in real life.

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  • 25. 

    Typing in all capital letters on the Internet means that you are

    • A.

      Quiet

    • B.

      Shouting

    • C.

      Having fun

    • D.

      Serious

    Correct Answer
    B. Shouting
    Explanation
    It is rude to type in all capitals u less you are trying to show excitement. Again, be careful not to use caps lock (use shift) when typing capital letters or you may accidentally be shouting.

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  • 26. 

    To print a presentation, you must first click the _________ tab.

    • A.

      File

    • B.

      Tools

    • C.

      Format

    • D.

      Help

    Correct Answer
    A. File
    Explanation
    To print a presentation, you must first click the "File" tab. This is because the "File" tab typically contains options related to managing and manipulating the document, including printing. By clicking on the "File" tab, you can access the print options and settings to initiate the printing process for the presentation.

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  • 27. 

    The first step to creating a graph is to 

    • A.

      Print the graph

    • B.

      Collect data

    • C.

      Create a spreadsheet

    • D.

      Insert formulas

    Correct Answer
    B. Collect data
    Explanation
    Graphs are a way to represent data. Before you can input any information into a spreadsheet, you must first collect the data needed.

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  • 28. 

    Which of the following would be the most reliable source of information for a school report on endangered wildlife.

    • A.

      Wikipedia

    • B.

      A political blog from a radio show

    • C.

      Twitter

    • D.

      Www.nationalgeographic.com

    Correct Answer
    D. Www.nationalgeographic.com
    Explanation
    Wikipedia is a collaborative website that allows any user to change information. Blogs are usually based on opinions and you should be looking for facts when doing school reports. Twitter would be a great source if the person tweeting was an expert, however it cannot be easily cited.

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  • 29. 

    The shape and style of the text is called

    • A.

      Font

    • B.

      Graphic

    • C.

      Typeface

    • D.

      Both a and c

    Correct Answer
    D. Both a and c
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "both a and c" because the shape and style of the text can be referred to as both "font" and "typeface". The term "font" is used to describe the specific style, size, and weight of the characters, while "typeface" refers to the overall design and appearance of the characters. Therefore, both terms are applicable when discussing the shape and style of the text.

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  • 30. 

    A system of connected computers that allows the sharing of files and equipment (such as printers) is called

    • A.

      Browser

    • B.

      Network

    • C.

      Search engine

    • D.

      Modem

    Correct Answer
    B. Network
    Explanation
    Our school has is networked which is why you can go on any computer to get your files and print to printers in other rooms.

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  • 31. 

    Which of the following is an example of Internet Safety?

    • A.

      My computer has antivirus and firewall software

    • B.

      I don't download attachments from people I don't know

    • C.

      My passwords are difficult to guess

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    All of the options mentioned in the question are examples of Internet Safety. Having antivirus and firewall software on your computer helps protect it from malware and unauthorized access. Not downloading attachments from unknown sources reduces the risk of downloading malicious files. Using difficult-to-guess passwords adds an extra layer of security to your online accounts. Therefore, all of these practices contribute to Internet Safety.

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  • 32. 

    When you save a document from a webpage to your computer it is called

    • A.

      Downloading

    • B.

      Uploading

    • C.

      File sharing

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. Downloading
    Explanation
    Think of the Internet as being a cloud - it is up. So when you send something from our computer to the "cloud" it will be uploading and from the "cloud" down to the computer is downloading.

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  • 33. 

    Your document does not come out of the printer.  Which of these do you NOT do?

    • A.

      Check to make sure the printer is on.

    • B.

      Check to make sure there is paper in the paper tray

    • C.

      Click on print again.

    • D.

      Ask the teacher for help.

    Correct Answer
    C. Click on print again.
    Explanation
    Clicking on print again is not a recommended action when the document does not come out of the printer. This is because clicking on print again will not address the underlying issue that is preventing the document from printing. It is important to first check if the printer is on and if there is paper in the paper tray, as these are common reasons for printing issues. If the problem persists, it is advisable to seek help from the teacher or a technical support person.

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  • 34. 

    Ethical use states that Internet users avoid sending or posting flames.  Flames are

    • A.

      Unwanted messages sent to many recipients

    • B.

      Programs that infect other people's computers

    • C.

      Abusive or insulting messages

    • D.

      Hot topics on message boards

    Correct Answer
    C. Abusive or insulting messages
    Explanation
    Once someone starts sending flames, it usually snowballs into a flame war which can get pretty ugly.

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  • 35. 

    Which of the following should you use to compute the average score of four tests using a spreadsheet?

    • A.

      A formula

    • B.

      A calculator

    • C.

      A compilation

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. A formula
    Explanation
    Sure you could use a calculator, but the whole purpose of using a spreadsheet is to let the computer do the calculations for you.

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  • 36. 

    When you try to access the Internet, you get an error message stating a "failure to connect".  The first thing you should do is

    • A.

      Download the latest drivers

    • B.

      Find a different computer to work

    • C.

      Check that the cables are correctly connected to the computer

    • D.

      Click on connect to Internet button

    Correct Answer
    C. Check that the cables are correctly connected to the computer
    Explanation
    Well, there is no "connect to Internet button" and many do not have the option of finding another computer. Most of the time it does not connect because a wire is disconnected. Always check that first. If it is still not connected, you might need to update the driver or check settings (on computers at home only).

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  • 37. 

    The part of the computer that controls the flow of information and manages tasks is the 

    • A.

      Storage Device (SD)

    • B.

      Central Processing Unit (CPU)

    • C.

      Output Device (OD)

    • D.

      Input Device (ID)

    Correct Answer
    B. Central Processing Unit (CPU)
    Explanation
    The CPU is the brains or manager of the computer.

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  • 38. 

    A website that allows multiple users to make changes to the pages is called

    • A.

      An interactive website

    • B.

      A wiki

    • C.

      A blog

    • D.

      A web journal

    Correct Answer
    B. A wiki
    Explanation
    A website that allows multiple users to make changes to the pages is called a wiki. A wiki is a collaborative platform that enables users to create, edit, and link pages easily. It promotes collective knowledge creation and sharing among users. Unlike a blog or web journal, where only the author can make changes, a wiki allows anyone with access to contribute and modify content. This makes it an interactive website where multiple users can actively participate in creating and updating the information.

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  • 39. 

    Mary made a website to post reviews fo her favorite tv shows.  Her readers can post comments about her reviews.  This is an example of 

    • A.

      An interactive website

    • B.

      A wiki

    • C.

      A blog

    • D.

      A vlog

    Correct Answer
    C. A blog
    Explanation
    A vlog is a video version of a blog. Instead of posting articles, Mary would be posting videos to share. You Tube is an example of this.

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  • 40. 

    The part of a word processing document used to display repeated information such as titles and dates and page numbers is 

    • A.

      A. header

    • B.

      B. margin

    • C.

      C. footer

    • D.

      D. both a & c

    Correct Answer
    D. D. both a & c
    Explanation
    All school documents should include a header that shows Name, Date, Name of Assignment and Teacher's Name.

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  • 41. 

    :)   :-)    :(   :P   <3   These are examples of 

    • A.

      Embodiments

    • B.

      Embellishments

    • C.

      Emoticons

    • D.

      Happy faces

    Correct Answer
    C. Emoticons
    Explanation
    Emoticons are used to express emotion so that the person viewing your text can understand the context of the statement since they cannot see your expression when you type.

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  • 42. 

    A student locates a story online, copies it and submits it to a teacher as his or her own work.  This is

    • A.

      Fair use and legal

    • B.

      Plagiarism and illegal

    • C.

      Plagiarism and legal since it is at school

    • D.

      On the internet so it is fair game

    Correct Answer
    B. Plagiarism and illegal
    Explanation
    Plagiarism is illegal and can have strong circumstances in some schools. Original author has the right to file legal actions agains this student and he/she may get suspended from school. Never submit someone else's work as your own. Teacher's have ways of checking for plagiarism.

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  • 43. 

    Eric is doing a project on his favorite band and included a 1 minute clip of their #1 hit in his slideshow with a story about the songwriter.   This is an example of

    • A.

      Fair use

    • B.

      Copyright infringement

    • C.

      Plagiarism

    • D.

      Copyright power

    Correct Answer
    A. Fair use
    Explanation
    Since it is used for educational purposes, is only a minute and he has cited the source of the song, it is considered fair use. Had he used the whole song or posted it online for the public to view or to make money it would be copyright infringement.

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  • 44. 

    _________________ gives an author the rights to how his/her work is presented, whether it is a book, film or recording.

    • A.

      Fair use

    • B.

      Copyright infringement

    • C.

      Copyright power

    • D.

      A publisher

    Correct Answer
    C. Copyright power
    Explanation
    Copyright power refers to the legal rights granted to an author, allowing them to control how their work is presented, distributed, and reproduced. This includes books, films, recordings, and other forms of creative expression. It gives the author the authority to determine how their work can be used by others and protects their intellectual property from being used without permission or proper attribution.

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  • 45. 

    Which of the following activities would be best accomplished using a database?

    • A.

      Create a graph about your favorite books

    • B.

      Create your own class-specific worksheets and study guides

    • C.

      Create a catalog of all the books in your classroom library

    • D.

      Create a poster to promote the book fair

    Correct Answer
    C. Create a catalog of all the books in your classroom library
    Explanation
    Creating a catalog of all the books in a classroom library would be best accomplished using a database. A database can efficiently store and organize large amounts of data, such as book titles, authors, genres, and availability. It allows for easy searching, sorting, and updating of information, making it convenient for managing a library catalog. Additionally, a database can generate reports and statistics, helping to track and analyze the books in the library.

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  • 46. 

    Ethical Use of the Internet states users DO NOT send spam, which is

    • A.

      An unsolicited message sent to many recipients

    • B.

      A frequently asked question (FAQ)

    • C.

      A program that infects someone's computer

    • D.

      A way to hack into someone's computer

    Correct Answer
    A. An unsolicited message sent to many recipients
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "an unsolicited message sent to many recipients." The ethical use of the internet discourages users from sending spam, which refers to unsolicited messages that are sent to multiple recipients without their consent. Spam is considered unethical because it can be intrusive, annoying, and potentially harmful.

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  • 47. 

    Excel and Numbers are examples of this type of software

    • A.

      Word processor

    • B.

      Calculations

    • C.

      Database

    • D.

      Spreadsheet

    Correct Answer
    D. Spreadsheet
    Explanation
    Excel and Numbers are examples of spreadsheet software. Spreadsheet software is specifically designed for organizing, analyzing, and manipulating numerical data. It allows users to create tables, perform calculations, and generate graphs or charts based on the data entered. Excel and Numbers are popular spreadsheet software that offer a wide range of features and functionalities to assist users in managing and analyzing their data effectively.

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  • 48. 

    2. A _________ file can be used for pictures in the yearbook.

    • A.

      Jpg

    • B.

      Doc

    • C.

      Ppt

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. Jpg
    Explanation
    The jpg file format is commonly used for pictures in digital media, including yearbooks. It is a widely supported format that allows for high-quality images with relatively small file sizes. Therefore, a jpg file can be used for pictures in the yearbook. The other file formats mentioned (doc and ppt) are typically used for documents and presentations, respectively, and may not be suitable for storing and displaying pictures in a yearbook. Therefore, the correct answer is jpg.

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  • 49. 

    9. The following cannot be opened in Microsoft Office.

    • A.

      Doc

    • B.

      Docx

    • C.

      Pages

    • D.

      Xls

    Correct Answer
    C. Pages
    Explanation
    Microsoft office includes Word, Excel and PPT. Pages is an Apple product which cannot be opened by Office however, all office files can be opened in iWork, the Apple suite of productivity tools.

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  • 50. 

    15. This file can be opened in ANY word processor.

    • A.

      Xls

    • B.

      Pages

    • C.

      Doc

    • D.

      Wps

    Correct Answer
    C. Doc
    Explanation
    .doc is a universal word processing format however the fonts may not transfer over. To make sure that your document looks exactly the same on all computers, save it as a pdf.

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