Basic Operating System Terms: Quiz!

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  • 1. 

    The _____________________ is the set of programs used to control or interface with the computer.  It tells the computer what to do and the computer cannot run without it.

    Correct Answer
    operating system
    Explanation
    The operating system is a crucial set of programs that controls and interacts with the computer. It serves as the bridge between the hardware and software, enabling the computer to function properly. Without an operating system, the computer would not be able to execute any tasks or run any programs.

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  • 2. 

    This controls how the cursor moves on the screen.

    • A.

      Booting up

    • B.

      Logging in

    • C.

      Tabs

    • D.

      Operating System

    Correct Answer
    D. Operating System
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Operating System" because the operating system is responsible for managing the cursor's movement on the screen. It provides the necessary software and drivers to control the cursor's position and behavior, allowing users to interact with the graphical user interface and navigate through different applications and windows. Without an operating system, the cursor would not be able to move or perform any actions on the screen.

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  • 3. 

    When a computer is ___________________, it loads the operating system into the RAM.

    Correct Answer
    booting up
    Explanation
    When a computer is booting up, it goes through a sequence of events that includes loading the operating system into the RAM. This process initializes the computer's hardware, checks for any errors, and prepares the system for use. The operating system is an essential component that manages the computer's resources and allows users to interact with the machine. Therefore, during the boot-up process, the computer loads the operating system into the RAM to ensure that it is readily available for use.

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  • 4. 

    When you ____________ it loads your home folder, which no one else has access to except you. 

    • A.

      Open a window

    • B.

      Log in

    • C.

      Create a folder

    • D.

      Click on a menu

    Correct Answer
    B. Log in
    Explanation
    When you log in, it loads your home folder, which no one else has access to except you. Logging in is the process of entering your unique username and password to gain access to a computer system or network. Once you log in, the system recognizes you as the authorized user and loads your personal files and settings, including your home folder. This ensures that your data remains private and secure, as only you have access to it.

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  • 5. 

    The ____________ is displayed as soon as a user logs into a computer, it's consider a "home" area to find files and shortcuts easily.

    Correct Answer
    desktop
    Explanation
    The desktop is displayed as soon as a user logs into a computer. It serves as a "home" area where users can easily find files and shortcuts. The desktop provides a visual representation of the computer's file system, allowing users to organize and access their files and applications conveniently. It typically includes icons for commonly used programs, folders, and files, providing a user-friendly interface for navigating the computer's resources.

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  • 6. 

    This feature provides an area to create shortcuts to launch applications and to find folders or documents easily.  It is ALWAYS visible no matter what application is running.

    • A.

      Folder

    • B.

      Icon

    • C.

      Dock

    • D.

      Desktop

    Correct Answer
    C. Dock
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "dock". The given explanation suggests that the dock is a feature that provides an area to create shortcuts to launch applications and find folders or documents easily. It is always visible regardless of the application running. The dock is typically located at the bottom of the desktop screen and contains icons representing various applications and folders for quick access.

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  • 7. 

    A _______ is found at the top of the computer screen and provides quick access to features and is organized by topics.

    Correct Answer
    menu
    Explanation
    A menu is a graphical user interface element that is typically located at the top of a computer screen. It provides quick access to various features and options that are organized by topics. Users can select different options from the menu to perform specific actions or navigate through different sections of a software application. The menu is designed to enhance user experience and make it easier for users to access different functionalities without having to navigate through multiple screens or windows.

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  • 8. 

    This operating system feature is found at the top of the computer screen and changes the options available depending on which application is active.

    • A.

      Window

    • B.

      Menu

    • C.

      Dock

    • D.

      Desktop

    Correct Answer
    B. Menu
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "menu". In an operating system, the menu is typically located at the top of the computer screen and provides a list of options that can be selected. The options available in the menu change depending on which application is active, allowing the user to access various functions and features specific to that application.

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  • 9. 

    A __________ is a visual box that allows the user to see the folder hierarchy for a computer and allow the user to move, copy, and delete files or folders.

    Correct Answer
    window
    Explanation
    A window is a visual box that allows the user to see the folder hierarchy for a computer and perform actions such as moving, copying, and deleting files or folders. It provides a graphical interface for users to navigate through their computer's file system and manage their files and folders efficiently.

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  • 10. 

    This feature is found INSIDE a window and provides a space to add shortcuts to Devices (storage places), Shared Objects, and Places (any file or folder on the computer).

    • A.

      Sidebar

    • B.

      Desktop

    • C.

      Dock

    • D.

      Menu

    Correct Answer
    A. Sidebar
    Explanation
    A sidebar is a feature found inside a window that provides a space to add shortcuts to devices, shared objects, and places on the computer. It is typically located on the side of the window and allows users to easily access frequently used files, folders, and storage locations without navigating through multiple folders or menus.

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  • 11. 

    Pressing the Shift, Command and the N keys simultaneously in the Finder will

    • A.

      Open a new finder window.

    • B.

      Create a new folder.

    • C.

      Create a new file.

    • D.

      All of the above.

    Correct Answer
    B. Create a new folder.
    Explanation
    Pressing the Shift, Command, and N keys simultaneously in the Finder will create a new folder. This key combination is a shortcut for creating a new folder in the Finder.

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  • 12. 

    __________ was created to make it easier for the user to identify a file, folder, or application startup.  They offer a graphical view of the file, folder, or application.

    Correct Answer
    icon
    Explanation
    Icons were created to make it easier for the user to visually identify a file, folder, or application startup. They provide a graphical representation or view of the file, folder, or application, allowing users to quickly recognize and locate the desired item. Icons are often designed to be intuitive and represent the content or purpose of the associated file, folder, or application.

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  • 13. 

    The Save option

    • A.

      Can be found under the File Menu.

    • B.

      Can be accomplished by simultaneously pressing the command and s keys.

    • C.

      Should be used as soon as a new file is created.

    • D.

      All of the above.

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "all of the above" because the Save option can be found under the File Menu, it can be accomplished by simultaneously pressing the command and s keys, and it should be used as soon as a new file is created.

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  • 14. 

    A contract that which helps explain the rules for using digital technologies in the school environment is called the

    • A.

      Technology contract.

    • B.

      Proper usage agreement.

    • C.

      Acceptable use policy.

    • D.

      None of these.

    Correct Answer
    C. Acceptable use policy.
    Explanation
    An acceptable use policy is a contract that outlines the rules and guidelines for using digital technologies in the school environment. It helps to ensure that students and staff understand the appropriate and responsible ways to use technology, including internet access, software, and electronic devices. This policy helps to promote a safe and productive learning environment by addressing issues such as privacy, security, cyberbullying, and plagiarism. It also helps to protect the school's network and resources from misuse or damage. Therefore, the correct answer is acceptable use policy.

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  • 15. 

    A  _____________  is a picture taken by your computer of the items displayed on your monitor.

    Correct Answer
    screenshot
    Explanation
    A screenshot is a digital image captured by a computer or electronic device, which captures and saves the exact visual representation of the items displayed on the monitor at a specific moment in time. It allows users to capture and share information, images, or any other content displayed on their screens. Screenshots are commonly used for various purposes, such as troubleshooting, documentation, sharing information, or preserving evidence.

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  • 16. 

    This is what you type into a browser's address bar to go to a specific website.

    • A.

      Domain name.

    • B.

      Top level domain.

    • C.

      Search engine.

    • D.

      Web search.

    Correct Answer
    A. Domain name.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Domain name." A domain name is a unique address that identifies a specific website on the internet. It is what you type into a browser's address bar to navigate to a specific website. It typically consists of a memorable name followed by a top-level domain (TLD) such as .com, .org, or .net.

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  • 17. 

    .jpg and .doc are examples of?

    • A.

      Image file formats.

    • B.

      Word processing file formats.

    • C.

      File extensions.

    • D.

      All of the above.

    Correct Answer
    C. File extensions.
    Explanation
    .jpg and .doc are examples of file extensions. A file extension is a suffix added to the end of a file name, indicating the format or type of the file. In this case, .jpg indicates that the file is in JPEG image format, while .doc indicates that the file is a Microsoft Word document. Therefore, both .jpg and .doc are examples of file extensions.

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  • 18. 

    A password should have a personal identifier in it like your part of your phone number or address to help you remember it easier.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Including personal identifiers such as phone numbers or addresses in a password is not recommended for security reasons. Personal identifiers are easily guessable and can be obtained by hackers through various means, making it easier for them to gain unauthorized access to accounts. A strong password should be unique, complex, and unrelated to personal information to ensure maximum security.

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  • 19. 

    A file can be identified by the program in which it was created by looking at the?

    • A.

      System preferences.

    • B.

      File menu.

    • C.

      Domain name.

    • D.

      File extension.

    Correct Answer
    D. File extension.
    Explanation
    A file can be identified by the program in which it was created by looking at the file extension. The file extension is a part of the file name that comes after the period and indicates the type of file it is. Different programs use different file extensions to identify and open specific file formats. Therefore, by examining the file extension, one can determine the program that was used to create the file.

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  • 20. 

    Probably the most portable storage device used today is the?

    • A.

      Floppy disk.

    • B.

      Flash drive.

    • C.

      Hard disk.

    • D.

      DVD.

    Correct Answer
    B. Flash drive.
    Explanation
    The flash drive is the most portable storage device used today because it is small, lightweight, and can easily fit in a pocket or bag. Unlike a floppy disk or DVD, which are larger and more fragile, a flash drive is durable and can withstand being carried around. Additionally, a flash drive has a higher storage capacity compared to a floppy disk, making it a more practical choice for storing and transferring data.

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