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An Operating System is the low-level software that supports a computer's basic functions, such as scheduling tasks and controlling peripherals. We covered how to use it and maintain it. Test out how much you understood by taking up the quiz below. All the best and remember to keep revising for the exams.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What are the two main types of system software?

    • A.

      Virus Protection

    • B.

      Operating system

    • C.

      CD Rom

    • D.

      Utility Software

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. Operating system
    D. Utility Software
    Explanation
    The two main types of system software are the operating system and utility software. The operating system is responsible for managing the computer's hardware and software resources, providing a user interface, and facilitating the execution of other software programs. Utility software, on the other hand, consists of various tools and applications that help in managing and optimizing the computer system. These tools can include antivirus software, disk cleanup utilities, file compression programs, and more.

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  • 2. 

    What are the two main functions of an operating system?

    • A.

      Booting up the system when the computer is first switched on

    • B.

      Opening the internet

    • C.

      Protecting the computer from hackers

    • D.

      Managing memory during multi-tasking

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Booting up the system when the computer is first switched on
    D. Managing memory during multi-tasking
    Explanation
    The two main functions of an operating system are booting up the system when the computer is first switched on and managing memory during multi-tasking. Booting up the system involves initializing the hardware components and starting the operating system. Managing memory during multi-tasking involves allocating and deallocating memory resources to different programs and processes running simultaneously, ensuring efficient utilization of available memory.

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  • 3. 

    Microsoft Windows is an operating system, true or false?

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Microsoft Windows is indeed an operating system. It is a widely used operating system developed by Microsoft Corporation. It provides a graphical user interface, multitasking capabilities, and supports a wide range of software applications. Microsoft Windows is designed to run on personal computers and is known for its user-friendly interface and compatibility with various hardware devices.

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  • 4. 

    Which of the following isn't an operating system?

    • A.

      Mac OS X

    • B.

      Z/OS

    • C.

      Apple

    • D.

      Linux

    Correct Answer
    C. Apple
    Explanation
    Apple is not an operating system. It is a technology company that develops and manufactures various products, including operating systems such as Mac OS X, iOS, and watchOS. Mac OS X, z/OS, and Linux are all operating systems used in different devices and platforms.

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  • 5. 

    What type of user interface can the operating system provide? Command ____ Interface.

    Correct Answer
    line
    Explanation
    The operating system can provide a Command Line Interface (CLI) as a type of user interface. In this interface, users interact with the operating system by typing commands in a text-based environment. The CLI allows users to execute specific commands to perform various tasks and operations on the operating system.

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  • 6. 

    Which of the following are examples of input devices?

    • A.

      Keyboard

    • B.

      Scanner

    • C.

      Laptop

    • D.

      Printer

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Keyboard
    B. Scanner
    Explanation
    Keyboard and scanner are examples of input devices because they allow users to input data or commands into a computer system. A keyboard is a common input device that allows users to type text and enter commands. A scanner is also an input device that allows users to digitize physical documents or images and input them into a computer system. Laptop and printer, on the other hand, are not examples of input devices as they do not directly input data or commands into the computer system.

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  • 7. 

    Which of the following are examples of output devices?

    • A.

      Camera

    • B.

      Heater

    • C.

      Speakers

    • D.

      Scanner

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. Heater
    C. Speakers
    Explanation
    Heater and speakers are examples of output devices because they both produce some form of output. A heater produces heat as output, while speakers produce sound as output. Output devices are peripherals that receive information from a computer or system and provide the user with a response or result.

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  • 8. 

    Encoding is the process of putting a sequence of characters (letters, numbers, punctuation, and certain symbols) into a specialized format for efficient transmission or storage.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Encoding is indeed the process of converting characters into a specialized format for efficient transmission or storage. This format ensures that the data can be accurately and efficiently transmitted or stored, taking into account factors such as data size, error detection, and compatibility with different systems. Therefore, the given answer "True" is correct.

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  • 9. 

    Which of these devices are input devices?

    • A.

      Mouse

    • B.

      Laser Printer

    • C.

      Radio Frequency Identification

    • D.

      Keyboard

    • E.

      CRT Monitor

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Mouse
    C. Radio Frequency Identification
    D. Keyboard
    Explanation
    The mouse, keyboard, and radio frequency identification (RFID) are all input devices. A mouse is used to control the movement of the cursor on a computer screen, a keyboard is used for inputting text and commands, and RFID is used to input data by scanning or reading tags. On the other hand, a laser printer and CRT monitor are output devices, as they display or produce information.

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  • 10. 

    _________ is the conversion of an encoded format back into the original sequence of characters.

    Correct Answer(s)
    Decoding
    Explanation
    Decoding refers to the process of converting an encoded format, such as binary or encrypted data, back into its original sequence of characters. It is the reverse operation of encoding, where data is transformed into a different representation for various purposes like transmission or storage. Decoding is essential for understanding and utilizing the information that was previously encoded, allowing users to retrieve and interpret the original data accurately.

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  • 11. 

    What are the advantages of a USB stick?

    • A.

      Portable

    • B.

      Moving parts so it's faster

    • C.

      Durable

    • D.

      Unlimited rewrites

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Portable
    C. Durable
    Explanation
    USB sticks have the advantage of being portable, allowing users to easily carry and transfer their data between different devices. Additionally, they are durable, as they do not have any moving parts that can be easily damaged. This makes them suitable for use in various environments. However, the given answer does not mention the advantage of unlimited rewrites, which is another benefit of USB sticks as they can be repeatedly written and erased without any limitations.

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  • 12. 

    What device is used to read lottery tickets?

    Correct Answer(s)
    Optical Mark Reader
    OMR
    Explanation
    An Optical Mark Reader (OMR) is a device that is used to read lottery tickets. This device is specifically designed to detect and interpret marks made on the tickets, such as circles or crosses. It uses optical sensors to scan the tickets and convert the marks into digital data. This data can then be processed and analyzed to determine the outcome of the lottery. OMRs are commonly used in lottery systems to ensure accurate and efficient ticket reading.

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  • 13. 

    Which form of storage is fixed storage?

    • A.

      Hard Disk

    • B.

      Floppy Disk

    • C.

      USB Stick

    • D.

      Archive Storage

    Correct Answer
    D. Archive Storage
    Explanation
    Archive storage is the correct answer because it refers to a type of storage that is used for long-term data retention. Unlike other forms of storage such as hard disks, floppy disks, and USB sticks, archive storage is not meant for frequent access or modification of data. It is designed for storing large amounts of data that is rarely accessed but needs to be retained for compliance or historical purposes. Archive storage is typically more cost-effective and has higher capacity than other forms of storage, making it suitable for long-term data archiving.

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  • 14. 

    File compression is reducing the size of a file by converting it to a different format.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    File compression is the process of reducing the size of a file by using various algorithms and techniques. This can involve removing unnecessary data, encoding the file in a more efficient format, or compressing repetitive patterns. The result is a smaller file size that takes up less storage space and can be transmitted more quickly. Therefore, the statement that file compression involves converting a file to a different format is correct.

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  • 15. 

    What is the name given to links within an excel document that act as buttons, taking you to different pages within the document.

    Correct Answer
    Macro
    Macros
    Macro's
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Macro, Macros, Macro's". In Excel, links within a document that act as buttons and take you to different pages within the document are called macros. Macros are essentially recorded actions or sets of instructions that can be assigned to buttons or other objects in Excel, allowing users to automate tasks or navigate through the document easily.

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