A Quiz On Computer And Software! Trivia

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A Quiz On Computer And Software! Trivia


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  • 1. 
    CPU is an abbreviation. What does it stand for?
    • A. 

      Computer Processing Unit

    • B. 

      Central Processing Unit

    • C. 

      Computer Protocol Uniform

    • D. 

      Central Protocol Uniform

  • 2. 
    Physically, about what size is a CPU? What does it most look like most?
    • A. 

      A thick, silver postage stamp: it's close to a square in shape and flat

    • B. 

      A metal, green rectangle about the size of a graham cracker

    • C. 

      A stack of silver, metal CDs in a jukebox

    • D. 

      Sort of like a telephone cable, but a little thicker at the point you plug the cable into the computer

  • 3. 
    What is a "bus," in terms of computer technology?
    • A. 

      A large vehicle that many passengers can pay to ride

    • B. 

      The connection between hardware and software

    • C. 

      The cables that connect hardware to peripherals

    • D. 

      The electronic path that all software commands travel on

  • 4. 
    What does bandwith affect most?
    • A. 

      How much a computer costs the consumer (such as $600 versus $2000)

    • B. 

      How many files the computer can store or keep (such as 10 videos versus 100 videos)

    • C. 

      How fast the computer can perform tasks (such as taking 60 seconds to open Word versus 5 seconds to open Word)

    • D. 

      How quickly information can move from one area to another (such as showing part of a video and then needing to buffer versus showing a video with no interruptions or skips)

  • 5. 
    If a computer advertises an "Intel Pentium" chip, what is that?
    • A. 

      A brand name of a type of CPU

    • B. 

      A brand name of a type of ROM

    • C. 

      A brand name of a type of RAM

    • D. 

      A brand name of a type of peripheral

  • 6. 
    How much can a CPU hold? What type of person is it most like?
    • A. 

      Very little. A CPU is like a toddler. It can only remember what it is working on at the moment (in the register) and a very small part of a program (in a cache).

    • B. 

      A medium amount. A CPU is like a ten-year old. It can remember whole sets of instructions (8 bits equal 1 byte).

    • C. 

      A large amount of information. A CPU is like a professional adult. The better the CPU, the more it remembers at one time.

    • D. 

      A massive amount. A CPU is like a librarian. It is the main storage unit of the computer and holds all the information and all the programs (on cylinders divided into sectors).

  • 7. 
    Why are both bandwith and processing speed important?
    • A. 

      Both the processor and the bandwith must be the same and must be designed to work together. If you try to use fast bandwith with an old processor, the computer won't work.

    • B. 

      The better the bandwith, the faster it works and is ready to move onto the next step in the directions. If you have slow processor, the bandwith is waiting around for more instructions.

    • C. 

      The better the processor, the faster it works and is ready to move onto the next step in the directions. If you have slow bandwith, the processor is waiting around for more instructions.

    • D. 

      This is a trick question. As long as you have a good enough processor, your bandwith doesn't matter.

  • 8. 
    Physically, about what size is memory? What does it most look like most?
    • A. 

      A thick, silver postage stamp: it's close to a square in shape and flat

    • B. 

      A metal, green rectangle about the size of a graham cracker

    • C. 

      A stack of silver, metal CDs in a jukebox

    • D. 

      Sort of like a telephone cable, but a little thicker at the point you plug the cable into the computer

  • 9. 
    What is a memory card in a digital camera?
    • A. 

      A CPU

    • B. 

      A form of memory

    • C. 

      A disk drive

    • D. 

      A user interface peripheral

  • 10. 
    Physically, about what size is the hard drive? What does it most look like most?
    • A. 

      A thick, silver postage stamp: it's close to a square in shape and flat

    • B. 

      A metal, green rectangle about the size of a graham cracker

    • C. 

      A stack of silver, metal CDs in a jukebox

    • D. 

      Sort of like a telephone cable, but a little thicker at the point you plug the cable into the computer

  • 11. 
    Which list is in the correct size order from SMALLEST to BIGGEST?
    • A. 

      Platter --> cylinder --> sector --> block

    • B. 

      Platter --> sector --> cylinder --> block

    • C. 

      Block --> sector --> cylinder --> platter

    • D. 

      Sector --> block --> platter --> cylinder

  • 12. 
    Choose the answers that correctly complete this sentence: There are ____ _____ in a _____.
    • A. 

      8 bits in a byte

    • B. 

      8 bytes in a bit

    • C. 

      255 bits in a byte

    • D. 

      64 bytes in a bit

  • 13. 
    Which part of the hard drive physically spins, and which part picks up information?
    • A. 

      The blocks spin and the sectors pick up the information using a magnet

    • B. 

      The platters spin and the heads pick up the information using a magnet

    • C. 

      The cylinder spins and the heads pick up the information using a magnet

    • D. 

      The heads spin and the cylinder picks up the information using a magnet

  • 14. 
    If the platters and heads are in the hard drive is knocked out of alignment, and the magnet can't pick up any information, and the hard drive can't find any information to send to the processor. Why is this an important fact to know?
    • A. 

      If you don't update your computer, the software might be out of date

    • B. 

      If you drop a handheld computer (ipod/smartphone/tablet) hard enough, you could physically shift the parts inside

    • C. 

      If you don't use Wi-Fi, your computer is more likely to have problems with the hard drive

    • D. 

      If you don't buy a computer with a lot of hard drive space, it could fill up completely and you could run out of space

  • 15. 
    How many disk drives do most modern office computers come with?
    • A. 

      1, the hard drive

    • B. 

      2, the hard drive and the CD-ROM

    • C. 

      3, the hard drive, the CD-ROM, and a DVD drive

    • D. 

      4, the hard drive, the CD-ROM, the DVD drive, and a floppy disk drive

  • 16. 
    Peripherals can be categorized into different groups. Which one of the definitions below is INCORRECT?
    • A. 

      User interface peripherals help users see the information that the computer is processing.

    • B. 

      Communication peripherals allow the user to communicate with the computer and give the computer more information to process.

    • C. 

      Input peripherals help the user put more information into the computer.

    • D. 

      Output peripherals send information out of the computer to some other place.

  • 17. 
    Which peripheral is categorized correctly?
    • A. 

      A monitor is a user interface peripheral

    • B. 

      A mouse is an output peripheral

    • C. 

      A printer is an input peripheral

    • D. 

      A modem is a user interface peripheral

  • 18. 
    What is LAN?
    • A. 

      The slowest communication peripheral

    • B. 

      The fastest communication peripheral

    • C. 

      A communicate peripheral that can operate without cables (like Wi-Fi)

    • D. 

      The generic name for the communication peripheral Bluetooth

  • 19. 
    Where does software "live" in a computer?
    • A. 

      In the CPU

    • B. 

      In the memory

    • C. 

      In the hard drive

    • D. 

      In the peripherals

  • 20. 
    Where does "deterministic" mean when it comes to software?
    • A. 

      The user determines how the software works

    • B. 

      The software has no thinking capability. If it encounters a situation that is not pre-determined, it will not function or work

    • C. 

      The outcome of the software can be determined, or changed, by a virus, worm, or Trojan horse

    • D. 

      The user's choices (like in a video game) determine the outcome of how to the program works

  • 21. 
    What machine language does your computer "speak"?
    • A. 

      The machine language is determined by the CPU. Each processor has it's own machine language.

    • B. 

      The machine language is determined by the operating system. Each operating system has it's own machine language.

    • C. 

      The machine language is determined by the type of computer. Macs and PCs have different machine language.

    • D. 

      The machine language is determined by the person who wrote the software. Each software program can be written in a different machine language.

  • 22. 
    What of the following is NOT a high-level computer language?
    • A. 

      C++

    • B. 

      PERL

    • C. 

      Java

    • D. 

      Binary

  • 23. 
    What does a programmer do for a living?
    • A. 

      They physically build computers

    • B. 

      They build computer networks

    • C. 

      They write software

    • D. 

      They design hardware

  • 24. 
    Which computer language is best?
    • A. 

      Binary is the standard that everyone uses

    • B. 

      C++ is the basic language that all other languages come from

    • C. 

      Java is the most cutting edge language and is the best available right now

    • D. 

      There is no best. Each programmer has different preferences, and may believe one language is better than another.

  • 25. 
    Which of the following does NOT translate?
    • A. 

      An assembler

    • B. 

      A compiler

    • C. 

      An interpreter

    • D. 

      A source program

  • 26. 
    Which of the following is NOT an operating system?
    • A. 

      Windows

    • B. 

      Linux

    • C. 

      Safari

    • D. 

      DOS

  • 27. 
    Which option below lists the main functions of an operating system?
    • A. 

      It carries the bytes from the memory to the CPU and then carries the data to the monitor

    • B. 

      It coordinates the WAN, the LAN, and the Wi-Fi signals

    • C. 

      It runs new computer programs that are added after the user purchases the computer (like Angry Birds)

    • D. 

      It manages what comes in and out of the computer, organizes files, and schedules the order of tasks

  • 28. 
    What does ISP stand for?
    • A. 

      Internal Source Protocol

    • B. 

      Internet Service Provider

    • C. 

      Information Superhighway Provider

    • D. 

      Input System Processor

  • 29. 
    Which list contains only software?
    • A. 

      Gmail, Excel, Dropbox, and Word

    • B. 

      Printer, mouse, monitor, and keyboard

    • C. 

      Word, Angry Birds, PowerPoint, and Excel

    • D. 

      CPU, RAM, ROM, and hard drive

  • 30. 
    How does the software "run"?
    • A. 

      The user saves the software (directions) into the memory, then the information is processed by the CPU bit by bit

    • B. 

      The computer comes with the software pre-installed in the CPU, then the bus carries that information to the hard drive

    • C. 

      The software travels along the bus to the hard drive, then the information is moved to the memory

    • D. 

      The software is stored outside of the hardware on a peripheral, then the user hooks the computer to the peripheral (like a joystick or mouse) to use it