History Of Computing! Test Your Knowledge! Trivia Quiz

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History Of Computing! Test Your Knowledge! Trivia Quiz

Computers, however fast and efficient they are, face a lot of threats in the form of viruses. Did you know that Doug Engelbart created the first computer mouse? There are a lot of things that most people do not know when it comes to the history of computing. If you want to test your knowledge, this trivia quiz is exactly what you need. Be sure to check it out!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Who invented the first modern type of mechanical computing machine?
    • A. 

      John A. McDonald

    • B. 

      Thomas Edison

    • C. 

      Alexander Graham Bell

    • D. 

      Charles Babbage

  • 2. 
    What was the name of his invention?
    • A. 

      The Change Machine

    • B. 

      The Difference Engine

    • C. 

      The Card Reader

    • D. 

      The Manhattan Project

  • 3. 
    What method was used to feed instructions into early computing machines?
    • A. 

      Paper Tickets

    • B. 

      Cables and Plugs

    • C. 

      Punch Cards

    • D. 

      Vacuum Tubes

  • 4. 
    Who Invented Pascaline?
    • A. 

      Charles Babbage

    • B. 

      Ougthred

    • C. 

      Blase Pascal

    • D. 

      Napier

  • 5. 
    Herman Hollerith invented the first tabulating machine that used Punch Cards. What was the name of his company that sold machines to the American Census?
    • A. 

      Calculating Computer Company

    • B. 

      Tabulating Machine Company

    • C. 

      International Business Machines

    • D. 

      Punch Cards International

  • 6. 
    Oughtred Slide Rule was invented in?
    • A. 

      1400

    • B. 

      1545

    • C. 

      1621

    • D. 

      1732

  • 7. 
    What was the next significant event in world history that advanced the development of computing technology?
    • A. 

      The Cold War

    • B. 

      World War II

    • C. 

      The Space Race

    • D. 

      The Great Depression

  • 8. 
    What was the name of the British computer that cracked the German codes during World War II?
    • A. 

      Optimus Prime

    • B. 

      Megatron

    • C. 

      King Kong

    • D. 

      Colossus

  • 9. 
    What was the name of the computer that correctly predicted the outcome of the 1952 American Presidential election?
    • A. 

      ENIAC

    • B. 

      UNIVAC

    • C. 

      SPACEMAC

    • D. 

      Apple II

  • 10. 
    This is a manually-operated calculating device created by John Napier of products and quotients of numbers. 
    • A. 

      Microsoft

    • B. 

      Napier's bones

    • C. 

      SPACEMAC

    • D. 

      Apple II

  • 11. 
    A digital mechanical calculator invented by the German mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz around 1672.
    • A. 

      Pascaline

    • B. 

      Step Reckoner

    • C. 

      Punch Card

    • D. 

      Apple II

  • 12. 
    A device fitted to a power loom that simplifies the process of manufacturing textiles.
    • A. 

      Slide rule

    • B. 

      Punched Card Controlled Machine

    • C. 

      Napier’s Bones

    • D. 

      Pascaline

  • 13. 
    What is the first known computer?
    • A. 

      Differential Engine

    • B. 

      Abacus

    • C. 

      Napier's Bones

    • D. 

      Slide Rule

  • 14. 
    It was described in 1837 as the successor to Babbage's difference engine.
    • A. 

      Analytical Engine

    • B. 

      Pascaline

    • C. 

      Napier’s Bones

    • D. 

        Punched Card Controlled Machine

  • 15. 
    Also known as IBM’s Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator (ASCC) that was invented in 1944.
    • A. 

      Apple

    • B. 

      Harvard Mark I

    • C. 

      Windows

    • D. 

      Collossus

  • 16. 
    ENIAC
    • A. 

      Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer

    • B. 

      Electronic Numerical Integral and Calculator

    • C. 

      Electronic Numerical International and Computer

    • D. 

      Electronic Numerical Individual and Calculator

  • 17. 
    UNIVAC
    • A. 

      UNIVersal Automatic Calculator

    • B. 

      UNIVersal Advance Computer

    • C. 

      UNIVersal Automatic Computer

    • D. 

      UNIVersal Analog Calculator

  • 18. 
    Who discovered the first computer bug?
    • A. 

      Edward Aiken

    • B. 

      Dr. Grace Murray Cooper

    • C. 

      Howard Aiken

    • D. 

      Dr. Grace Murray Hopper

  • 19. 
    Who is the founder of Microsoft?
    • A. 

      Elon Musk

    • B. 

      Bill Gates

    • C. 

      Steve Jobs

    • D. 

      Mark Zuckerberg

  • 20. 
    Who is the founder of Apple?
    • A. 

      Elon Musk

    • B. 

      Bill Gates

    • C. 

      Steve Jobs

    • D. 

      Mark Zuckerberg