General Operating System Trivia Quiz!

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General Operating System Trivia Quiz!

An operating system is one of the most important components of a computer. There are different types of operating systems in use, and the general trivia quiz below is perfect for testing out just how much you understand about their use in a computer. Give it a shot and get to refresh your understanding. All the best, and keep reading!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    A ____________ is a set of data structures that usually resides on part of a disk and that holds directories of files.
    • A. 

      Filesystems

    • B. 

      Subdirectory

    • C. 

      Directory

    • D. 

      Access Control List

  • 2. 
    A ____________ structure frequently takes the shape of a pyramid.
    • A. 

      Family

    • B. 

      Directory

    • C. 

      Hierarchical

    • D. 

      Root

  • 3. 
    The _______ is always at the top of a hierarchical structure.
    • A. 

      Tree

    • B. 

      Root

    • C. 

      Branch

    • D. 

      Parent

  • 4. 
    Every file has a ______________.
    • A. 

      Name

    • B. 

      ID

    • C. 

      Extension

    • D. 

      Filename

  • 5. 
    _______________ give the shell and other programs information about you and your preferences.
    • A. 

      Startup Files

    • B. 

      Setting Files

    • C. 

      Preference files

    • D. 

      Essential Files

  • 6. 
    Command-line _______ dictates the ordering and separation of the elements on a command line.
    • A. 

      Order

    • B. 

      Syntax

    • C. 

      Name

    • D. 

      Commands

  • 7. 
    An ________ is an argument that modifies the effects of a command.
    • A. 

      Token

    • B. 

      Option

    • C. 

      Special Argument

    • D. 

      Command

  • 8. 
    To kill a line you must press _____________.
    • A. 

      Control+H

    • B. 

      Control+U

    • C. 

      Control+W

    • D. 

      Control+D

  • 9. 
    A ________ is the execution of a command by Linux.
    • A. 

      Process

    • B. 

      Executable

    • C. 

      Alpha

    • D. 

      Path

  • 10. 
    What feature prevents you from overwriting already existing files?
    • A. 

      Slobber

    • B. 

      Bobber

    • C. 

      Noclobbler

    • D. 

      Corn on the Cobber

  • 11. 
    A ______ is a pointer to a file.
    • A. 

      Link

    • B. 

      Filter

    • C. 

      Switch

    • D. 

      Pipe

  • 12. 
    ________ changes permissions on a file or directory.
    • A. 

      Setmod

    • B. 

      Permish

    • C. 

      Echo

    • D. 

      Chmod

  • 13. 
    Where are temporary files stored?
    • A. 

      /temp

    • B. 

      /tmp

    • C. 

      /usr/tmp

    • D. 

      Tmp

  • 14. 
    Cd does what?
    • A. 

      Removes a directory

    • B. 

      Changes the directory

    • C. 

      Creates a directory

  • 15. 
    ________ is where the Variable data is stored
    • A. 

      /vari

    • B. 

      /var

    • C. 

      /varbl

    • D. 

      /vada

  • 16. 
    The ___ character can accommodate for 1 character as a wildcard.
    • A. 

      ?

    • B. 

      *

    • C. 

      ~

    • D. 

      /

  • 17. 
    A __________ is a command that processes input stream of data and produces an output stream.
    • A. 

      Pipe

    • B. 

      Screen

    • C. 

      Filter

    • D. 

      Tube

  • 18. 
    The shell uses a _______ to connect standard output from one command and link it as the input to another command.
    • A. 

      Link

    • B. 

      Pipe

    • C. 

      Filter

    • D. 

      Screen

  • 19. 
    What command sends output in two directions?
    • A. 

      Tee

    • B. 

      Filter

    • C. 

      Pipe

    • D. 

      Echo

  • 20. 
    A__________ structure frequently takes shape of a pyramid.
    • A. 

      Birchbox

    • B. 

      Tree

    • C. 

      Ls

    • D. 

      Hierarchy

  • 21. 
     The Linux filesystem is called a?
    • A. 

      Tree

    • B. 

      Leaf

    • C. 

      Bio

    • D. 

      Root

  • 22. 
    A______ is the part of the filename that follows an embedded period.
    • A. 

      Filename systems

    • B. 

      Filename Hierarchy

    • C. 

      Filename extensions

    • D. 

      Filename tree

  • 23. 
    Every file has a______?
    • A. 

      Root

    • B. 

      Pathname

    • C. 

      Tree

    • D. 

      Filename

  • 24. 
    A _________________ traces a path from the working directory to a file.
    • A. 

      Relative Pathname

    • B. 

      False Pathname

    • C. 

      True Pathname

    • D. 

      Two Pathname

  • 25. 
     A________ is a command that processes an input stream of data to produce an output stream of data.
    • A. 

      Filter

    • B. 

      Wax

    • C. 

      Sort

    • D. 

      Short

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