Hardware And Software Toughest Trivia Questions! Quiz

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Hardware And Software Toughest Trivia Questions! Quiz

This quiz tests your knowledge of hardware and software and basic computer information.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which BEST describes the technology that enables computers to communicate the transmission of text, numeric, voice or video data from one machine to another?
    • A. 

      Basic controller

    • B. 

      Control unit

    • C. 

      Data communications

    • D. 

      Processing unit

  • 2. 
    Which suggestion will make your computer work station more comfortable?
    • A. 

      Work at least four hours at a time without breaks

    • B. 

      Sit with legs wrapped around the chair

    • C. 

      Use a comfortable, adjustable chair

    • D. 

      Use the CD-ROM drive as a cup holder for a soft drink

  • 3. 
    What type of computer is used by business and government to process large amounts of information?
    • A. 

      Laptop

    • B. 

      Mainframe/Minicomputer

    • C. 

      Personal computer

    • D. 

      Supercomputer

  • 4. 
    What are new facts entered into the computer to be processed, which consists of text, numbers, sounds, and images called?
    • A. 

      Data

    • B. 

      Hardware

    • C. 

      People

    • D. 

      Software

  • 5. 
    Which BEST describes devices on the motherboard that controls the transfer of data from the computer to a peripheral device?
    • A. 

      Basic Controllers

    • B. 

      Expansion Slots

    • C. 

      Serial Ports

    • D. 

      Universal Serial Bus

  • 6. 
    What type of memory is short term; where data, information and program instructions are stored temporarily?
    • A. 

      Random access memory

    • B. 

      Read any memory

    • C. 

      Read only memory

    • D. 

      Run always memory

  • 7. 
    What type of memory is long term; where the specific instructions that are needed for the computer to operate are stored?
    • A. 

      Random access memory

    • B. 

      Read any memory

    • C. 

      Read only memory

    • D. 

      Run always memory

  • 8. 
    Which type of software is frequently used by people who work with numbers, formulas, and data to perform calculations?
    • A. 

      Clip art

    • B. 

      Database

    • C. 

      Spreadsheet

    • D. 

      Word processor

  • 9. 
    Which type of software performs specialized tasks related to managing the computer's resources such as formatting and copying a disk?
    • A. 

      Application

    • B. 

      Graphics

    • C. 

      Systems software

    • D. 

      Utility

  • 10. 
    What input device controls the position of the cursor on the screen and is used to select menu items?
    • A. 

      CPU

    • B. 

      Disk

    • C. 

      Modem

    • D. 

      Mouse

  • 11. 
    What type of computer is the largest, fastest, and most powerful in existence?
    • A. 

      Desktop

    • B. 

      Laptop

    • C. 

      Mainframe

    • D. 

      Supercomputer

  • 12. 
    What type of computer is small and portable with features very similar to a desktop computer?
    • A. 

      Desktop

    • B. 

      Laptop

    • C. 

      Mainframe

    • D. 

      Supercomputer

  • 13. 
    What does CD-ROM stand for?
    • A. 

      Change drives-read only memory

    • B. 

      Compact data-right on memory

    • C. 

      Compact disc-read only memory

    • D. 

      Compact disk-right of memory

  • 14. 
    What type of computer is less powerful than all other types of computers?
    • A. 

      Minicomputer

    • B. 

      Mainframe

    • C. 

      Personal computer

    • D. 

      Supercomputer

  • 15. 
    What are the instructions that tell the computer what to do called?
    • A. 

      Hardware

    • B. 

      Input

    • C. 

      Software

    • D. 

      Storage

  • 16. 
    What electronic device receives, processes, stores data, and then produces a result or output?
    • A. 

      Computer

    • B. 

      Hardware

    • C. 

      Printer

    • D. 

      Software

  • 17. 
    Which is NOT one of the four data communications components?
    • A. 

      Channel

    • B. 

      People

    • C. 

      Protocol

    • D. 

      Sender

  • 18. 
    Which hardware device is MOST often used to input information into the computer?
    • A. 

      Disk drive

    • B. 

      Keyboard

    • C. 

      Printer

    • D. 

      Scanner

  • 19. 
    What hardware device in your computer allows you to transmit data using the telephone?
    • A. 

      Modem

    • B. 

      Monitor

    • C. 

      Plotter

    • D. 

      Printer

  • 20. 
    What is the machine that prints characters or other images on paper?
    • A. 

      Disk drive

    • B. 

      Keyboard

    • C. 

      Monitor

    • D. 

      Printer

  • 21. 
    Which is NOT part of the information processing cycle?
    • A. 

      Database

    • B. 

      Input

    • C. 

      Output

    • D. 

      Storage

  • 22. 
    What units make up the information processing cycle?
    • A. 

      Arithmetic, logic, input, and memory

    • B. 

      Control, input/output, and arithmetic

    • C. 

      Input, processing, output, and storage

    • D. 

      Memory, processing, logic, and output

  • 23. 
    Devices such as keyboards, trackballs, scanners, and microphones are known as:
    • A. 

      Input

    • B. 

      Output

    • C. 

      Processing

    • D. 

      Storage

  • 24. 
    What type of printer uses a series of dots to form images on paper?
    • A. 

      Dot matrix

    • B. 

      Fax

    • C. 

      Ink jet

    • D. 

      Laser

  • 25. 
    • A. 

      Dot matrix

    • B. 

      Fax

    • C. 

      Ink jet

    • D. 

      Impact

  • 26. 
    Which type of software controls the operation of a computer system?
    • A. 

      Application

    • B. 

      Graphics

    • C. 

      Systems

    • D. 

      Utility

  • 27. 
    Which application software is used to create letters and reports?
    • A. 

      Database

    • B. 

      Graphics

    • C. 

      Spreadsheet

    • D. 

      Word processing

  • 28. 
    Which application software creates cards, flyers, calendars, and banners?
    • A. 

      Database

    • B. 

      Desktop publishing

    • C. 

      Multimedia presentation

    • D. 

      Spreadsheet

  • 29. 
    What type of software combines several software applications into one program?
    • A. 

      Communications

    • B. 

      Graphics

    • C. 

      Integrated

    • D. 

      Multimedia

  • 30. 
    What is the science of designing equipment for a comfortable and safe working environment?
    • A. 

      Economics

    • B. 

      Ecosystems

    • C. 

      Ergonomics

    • D. 

      Experts

  • 31. 
    What is the "brain" of the computer?
    • A. 

      CLS

    • B. 

      CPU

    • C. 

      RAM

    • D. 

      ROM

  • 32. 
    Which is NOT an example of hardware?
    • A. 

      Cables

    • B. 

      Disk drive

    • C. 

      Monitor

    • D. 

      Windows 98

  • 33. 
    What are the physical parts of the computer?
    • A. 

      Hardware

    • B. 

      Input

    • C. 

      Software

    • D. 

      Storage

  • 34. 
    What is the MOST commonly used input device?
    • A. 

      Disk drive

    • B. 

      Keyboard

    • C. 

      Printer

    • D. 

      Scanner

  • 35. 
    Which is a type of network?
    • A. 

      ALU

    • B. 

      CPU

    • C. 

      LAN

    • D. 

      ROM

  • 36. 
    What is the printed copy of data?
    • A. 

      Hard copy

    • B. 

      Final copy

    • C. 

      New copy

    • D. 

      Soft copy

  • 37. 
    What is information on the monitor called?
    • A. 

      Hard copy

    • B. 

      Final copy

    • C. 

      New copy

    • D. 

      Soft copy

  • 38. 
    Which is NOT a device for data entry?
    • A. 

      Keyboard

    • B. 

      Mouse

    • C. 

      Printer

    • D. 

      Scanner

  • 39. 
    To be safe, which should you do before removing a paper jam from your printer?
    • A. 

      Add more paper

    • B. 

      Change the ink cartridge

    • C. 

      Check the cable connections

    • D. 

      Turn off the printer

  • 40. 
    Which should NOT be kept away from computers?
    • A. 

      Extreme heat

    • B. 

      Food and drink

    • C. 

      Instruction manuals

    • D. 

      Magnets