Learn About Books And Authors! Trivia Facts Quiz

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Learn About Books And Authors! Trivia Facts Quiz

Learning about books and authors forms the background for English language and this is because the books offer a quick way to grow someone’s grammar. Do you have a passion for reading and think you have read enough books to pass the quiz below on the books, authors and teachings? Do give it a shot and see where you stand!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The book, The Cult of the Amateur, argues strenuously the following: 
    • A. 

      Irrational human behavior can be predicted by applying lessons from the field of "behavioral economics"

    • B. 

      Video games, with their emphasis on solving progressively more difficult "problems" have potential for education

    • C. 

      The Internet unleashes great creative potential, enabling valuable "crowdsourced" projects such as Ushahidi and Wikipedia

    • D. 

      The Internet pays artists "digital pennies" whereas they once received "real dollars"

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 2. 
    Sherry Turkle is the author of the book, __________ 
  • 3. 
    In her most recent book, exploring the relationship humans have with digital communications technology in the 21st century, prominent MIT social scientist, Sherry Turkle, argues all of the following EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Digital communications technologies always exert negative effect on people's lives

    • B. 

      Privacy must be taught as a "value"

    • C. 

      We need to think critically about how and why we interact with digital communications technology the way that we do

    • D. 

      We are beginning to expect more from technology and less from each other

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 4. 
    Sherry Turkle believes that privacy should be "dead" in the 21st Century
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    Sherry Turkle believes that we should all behave, essentially, with one identity--with our loved ones, friends, colleagues, and online social networks. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    Eli Pariser is the author of the book _____________. 
  • 7. 
    The idea of "homophily" as developed in the book The Filter Bubble implies the following:
    • A. 

      Companies such as Google and Facebook run great algorithms to make sure you bump into unexpected content that opens you up to new ideas.

    • B. 

      Google works hard to make searching a "standard" experience for every user, making sure the highest quality, similar results appear for every user.

    • C. 

      A curated online experience can result in an "echo chamber" whereby you only encounter content that agrees with you views.

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      Only A & B

  • 8. 
    Andrew Keen wrote the book __________
  • 9. 
    All of the following are true of Dan Ariely's article, How Online Companies Get You to Share More and Spend More, EXCEPT: 
    • A. 

      Amazon succeeds because it stores your info and makes it very easy to buy, eliminating small frictions

    • B. 

      Our aspirational Netflix queues reveals that we're bad at predicting our preferences

    • C. 

      Google offers "deals" that are based on your user behavior and browsing history

    • D. 

      Apple's delay in sending your iTunes receipt reduces the "pain of paying."

    • E. 

      Groupon removes the social stigma young people attach to using coupons

  • 10. 
    _____________ has written the following: "The Digital Age has embroiled the young in a swirl of social groupings and contests, and it threatens their intellectual development. This is not a benign evolution of old media into new media, traditional literacy into e-literacy. It is a displacement. Digital tools have designs on the eyes and ears of the kids, and they pursue them aggressively."  
  • 11. 
    ____________ has written the following:  "But perhaps Facebook’s most addictive feature is that it allows us to enhance our status in ways that are relatively cheap. When Facebook started its now-defunct Gifts service, people asked why anyone would spend a dollar to send a virtual gift to a friend. But in the first 10 months of the program, more than 24 million gifts were sent. Why? Because we get tremendous social capital from being seen both as generous and as someone whom other people buy gifts for. In terms of status per dollar, it was a bargain."
  • 12. 
    The ____________ will occur when technological development is taken over by the machines, who can think, act and communicate so quickly that normal humans cannot even comprehend what is going on. The machines enter into a "runaway reaction" of self-improvement cycles, with each new generation of A.I.s appearing faster and faster. From this point onwards, technological advancement is explosive, under the control of the machines, and thus cannot be accurately predicted. (And of course, Skynet will probably try to rub us out too). 
  • 13. 
    __________ believes that humans vastly underestimate the explosive nature of exponential growth in innovation, claiming that the "law of accelerating returns" will account for startling new technological developments in the next thirty years. 
  • 14. 
    YouTube is owned by __________
  • 15. 
    According to our presentation and discussion about cave paintings premodern human beings demonstrated an advanced visual literacy and imagination. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 16. 
    According to our presentation and discussion, _________ had a big advantage over its competitors when it was first released because it had virtually unlimited storage capacity. 
  • 17. 
    According to our presentation and discussion about search engines the first search engine, Web Crawler, surprisingly came online in the 1950s.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 18. 
    According to our presentation and discussion about search engines: Bing enjoys the biggest market share, followed by Yahoo, and then Google. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 19. 
    AT&T was created when Alexander Graham Bell bought Western union and used their extensive system of telegraph lines to spread their phone lines. And according to Tim Wu, AT&T went on to become the most aggressive _________ of the 20th century.
  • 20. 
    According to our presentation, Windows was very successful, particularly in the 1980s through the mid 2000s, for all of the following reasons EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      In the 80s, many businesses used IBM computers which came with MS-DOS.

    • B. 

      The openness of Windows attracted developers to make software for it by giving away its software information for free (while Apple sold theirs).

    • C. 

      Windows was faster, thinner, and more revolutionary, year after year.

    • D. 

      Compared to Apple computers--computers using Windows are more affordable.

  • 21. 
    WiFi connections tend to be extremely secure, making it very difficult for people to spy on your online activity. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 22. 
    All of the following are true of WikiLeaks, EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      It was founded by Julian Assange

    • B. 

      Many would like to have its founder extradited to the USA and tried criminally

    • C. 

      Many believe that WikiLeaks should be protected by the right to a free press

    • D. 

      It was founded by an American citizen who could be tried for treason

  • 23. 
    According to our discussion of video streaming, Hulu was started as a premium content competitor to web video powerhouse ________. 
  • 24. 
    According to our discussion of Cuneiform and the Greek Alphabet, the innovation of recording human thought in symbolic form led to a dramatic slow-down in the process of human collective learning. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 25. 
    All of the following are true of Tim Wu's arguments in the Master Switch EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      Periods of disruption are followed by periods of monopoly

    • B. 

      People hate monopolies because they offer nothing positive for the end user

    • C. 

      The telephone, radio, TV, and film industries all became monopolies

    • D. 

      Information technology monopolies occur over and over in US history

  • 26. 
    According to Tim Wu, the term ________ refers to the phenomenon whereby people prefer to stay with a certain company because everybody's on it and it just works better than the alternatives.
  • 27. 
    According to author Steven Johnson, good ideas tend to come to lone geniuses in "eureka" moments when they detach themselves from the world and retreat to log cabins.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 28. 
    The book Where Good Ideas Come From describes various liquid networks throughout history including all of the following EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      The 17th century English coffeehouse

    • B. 

      The 21st century Internet

    • C. 

      The Renaissance in Florence

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 29. 
    According to author Kevin Kelly, all of the following are true of technology EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      Technology is everything we make with our minds

    • B. 

      Using technology, Steve Jobs could make an iPhone by himself

    • C. 

      Technology is an ecosystem and co-dependent

    • D. 

      Technology has a tendency, a life-like agency

  • 30. 
    According to author, Siva Vaidhyanathan, we should trust Google because when they say "Don't Be Evil" they are one of the rare companies that really means it. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False