6th Grade Computer Component Test

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6th Grade Computer Component Test - Quiz

As computers have grown far more commonplace over the years, so too has our ability to take them for granted. Most of us have in our possession at least one or two computer devices which are absolutely incredible when you look at them in comparison to just a few decades ago. Do you know what components are involved in the construction of these devices? Take the following quiz!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Computers that lay flat on the desk are considered?

    • A.

      Towers

    • B.

      Desktops

    • C.

      Laptops

    • D.

      Flattops

    Correct Answer
    B. Desktops
    Explanation
    Desktops are considered computers that lay flat on the desk. Unlike towers, which are vertical and stand upright, desktop computers are designed to be placed horizontally on a desk or table. Laptops are portable computers that can be used on the go, while "Flattops" is not a commonly used term to refer to computers. Therefore, the correct answer is desktops.

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  • 2. 

    Whick of these computer components are considered imput devices?

    • A.

      Keyboard

    • B.

      Mouse

    • C.

      Printer

    • D.

      Monitor

    • E.

      Both A and B

    Correct Answer
    E. Both A and B
    Explanation
    The keyboard and mouse are considered input devices because they allow the user to input data or commands into the computer. The printer and monitor, on the other hand, are output devices as they display or produce information from the computer. Therefore, the correct answer is "Both A and B" because both the keyboard and mouse are input devices.

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  • 3. 

    How are monitors measured?

    • A.

      By its circumference

    • B.

      Horizontally

    • C.

      Vertically

    • D.

      Diagonally

    Correct Answer
    D. Diagonally
    Explanation
    Monitors are measured diagonally because the diagonal measurement provides the most accurate representation of the screen size. It takes into account the width and height of the monitor, giving a comprehensive measurement that is commonly used in the industry. Horizontal or vertical measurements alone would not accurately represent the overall size of the monitor, as they would only provide one dimension. Circumference is not a suitable measurement for monitors, as it refers to the distance around a circular object and does not provide an accurate representation of the screen size.

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  • 4. 

    Scanners are considered an imput device?

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Scanners are considered an input device because they are used to convert physical documents or images into digital form, which can then be processed and stored by a computer. Scanners work by capturing an image of the document or image using a light-sensitive sensor, and then converting it into digital data that can be read by the computer. This makes scanners a crucial tool for tasks such as scanning documents, photos, or artwork, and inputting them into digital formats for editing, archiving, or sharing purposes.

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  • 5. 

    An MP3/IPod would be considered what kind of device?

    • A.

      Input

    • B.

      Output

    • C.

      Software

    • D.

      Both A and B

    Correct Answer
    D. Both A and B
    Explanation
    An MP3/IPod would be considered both a hardware and a software device. It is a hardware device because it is a physical device that can be held and operated by a user. It is also a software device because it requires software to function, such as the operating system and media player software that allows users to play and manage their music files.

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  • 6. 

    A DVD can hold less information than a CD.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    A DVD can hold more information than a CD. This is because the physical structure of a DVD allows for more data to be stored on it compared to a CD. DVDs use smaller pits and have a higher density of data, allowing for more storage capacity. Additionally, DVDs typically have multiple layers that can be used to store even more information. Therefore, the statement that a DVD can hold less information than a CD is false.

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  • 7. 

    The computer component that allows you to connect to the internet is called?

    • A.

      RAM

    • B.

      ROM

    • C.

      Hard Drive

    • D.

      Modem

    Correct Answer
    D. Modem
    Explanation
    A modem is the correct answer because it is a computer component that enables you to connect to the internet. It converts digital signals from your computer into analog signals that can be transmitted over telephone lines or cable lines, and vice versa. This allows your computer to communicate with other devices on the internet and access online resources.

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  • 8. 

    If you were going to add a joystick to your computer you would need to plug it into a______?

    • A.

      Modem

    • B.

      CPU

    • C.

      Port

    • D.

      Monitor

    Correct Answer
    C. Port
    Explanation
    If you were going to add a joystick to your computer, you would need to plug it into a port. A port is a connection point on a computer where you can plug in external devices such as a joystick. It allows the computer to communicate with the joystick and receive input from it.

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  • 9. 

    Which computer component is responsible for storing data permanently and can be used to save files even when the computer is turned off?

    • A.

      RAM

    • B.

      Hard Drive

    • C.

      CPU

    • D.

      Monitor

    Correct Answer
    B. Hard Drive
    Explanation
    The hard drive is a computer component responsible for storing data permanently. It retains information even when the computer is turned off, allowing users to save files for later use.

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  • 10. 

    Another name for the CPU is?

    • A.

      Central Production Unit

    • B.

      Brain of the Computer

    • C.

      Central Privilege Unit

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Brain of the Computer
    Explanation
    The CPU, or Central Processing Unit, is often referred to as the "brain" of the computer. This is because it is responsible for executing instructions and performing calculations, just like the brain controls and processes information in the human body. The CPU is the main component that carries out the majority of the computer's processing tasks, making it an apt comparison to the brain.

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  • 11. 

    The mother board'sjob is to?

    • A.

      Hold all the circuits and components together

    • B.

      Send power to all the components

    • C.

      Tell the computer what to do

    • D.

      Display information

    Correct Answer
    A. Hold all the circuits and components together
    Explanation
    The motherboard is responsible for holding all the circuits and components of a computer together. It acts as a central hub, connecting various hardware components such as the CPU, RAM, and storage devices. The motherboard provides physical support and electrical connections for these components, allowing them to communicate and work together efficiently. Without a motherboard, the computer's components would be scattered and unable to function properly.

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  • 12. 

    ROM is temporary memory.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The given statement is incorrect. ROM stands for Read-Only Memory, which is a type of non-volatile memory that permanently stores data and instructions that cannot be modified or erased by normal computer operations. Unlike temporary memory, ROM retains its content even when the power is turned off. Therefore, ROM is not temporary memory.

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  • 13. 

    When you save information to your computer you are saving to your?

    • A.

      CD Drive

    • B.

      Hard Drive

    • C.

      DVD Drive

    • D.

      CPU

    Correct Answer
    B. Hard Drive
    Explanation
    When you save information to your computer, you are saving it to your hard drive. The hard drive is a non-volatile storage device that stores and retrieves digital information using magnetic storage and rotating platters. It is the primary storage device in a computer and is used to store the operating system, software, and user data. Unlike temporary storage devices like CD drives or DVD drives, the hard drive provides long-term storage capabilities and allows for easy access and retrieval of saved information.

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  • 14. 

    The component that allows you to display graphics on the computer.

    • A.

      Video Card

    • B.

      Port

    • C.

      BIOS

    • D.

      Modem

    Correct Answer
    A. Video Card
    Explanation
    The video card is responsible for displaying graphics on a computer. It is a hardware component that connects to the motherboard and generates the images that appear on the monitor. The video card contains a graphics processing unit (GPU) that processes and renders the graphics, allowing users to see images, videos, and other visual content on their computer screen. Without a video card, the computer would not be able to display any graphics or visual content.

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  • 15. 

    In order to make a capital letter A you would need to strike the letter a and the?

    • A.

      Shift Key

    • B.

      Alt Key

    • C.

      Enter Key

    • D.

      Back Space Key

    Correct Answer
    A. Shift Key
    Explanation
    To make a capital letter A, you need to press the letter a on the keyboard and simultaneously press the Shift key. The Shift key is used to toggle between the lowercase and uppercase letters on the keyboard. By pressing it along with the letter a, you can convert the lowercase a into a capital letter A.

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  • 16. 

    Which of these devices would be best to save a movie?

    • A.

      CD

    • B.

      Flash Drive

    • C.

      Floppy Disk

    • D.

      DVD

    Correct Answer
    D. DVD
    Explanation
    A DVD would be the best device to save a movie because it has a larger storage capacity compared to a CD, Flash Drive, or Floppy Disk. DVDs can typically hold up to 4.7GB or more of data, which is sufficient for storing a movie file. CDs have a smaller storage capacity, usually around 700MB, which may not be enough for a movie. Flash drives can have varying storage capacities, but they are generally more expensive compared to DVDs. Floppy disks have a very limited storage capacity, typically only 1.44MB, which is not suitable for saving a movie.

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  • 17. 

    DVDs can hold how much more information than a CD?

    • A.

      2 Times

    • B.

      5 Times

    • C.

      7 Times

    • D.

      10 Times

    Correct Answer
    C. 7 Times
    Explanation
    DVDs can hold 7 times more information than a CD. This is because DVDs have a higher storage capacity compared to CDs. DVDs use a different technology that allows for more data to be stored on the disc. While a CD typically has a storage capacity of around 700 MB, a DVD can hold up to 4.7 GB or even more. This increased capacity makes DVDs ideal for storing larger files, such as movies or video games, which require more space.

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  • 18. 

    Since hard drives are created using electricity and magnetism, it's okay to place a magnet near it?

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Placing a magnet near a hard drive is not okay because hard drives use magnets to store data. If a strong magnet is placed near a hard drive, it can disrupt the magnetic field and cause data loss or corruption. Therefore, it is important to keep magnets away from hard drives to ensure their proper functioning.

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  • 19. 

    Is it safe to share personal information about yourself on the Internet?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    B. No
    Explanation
    Sharing personal information about yourself on the internet is not safe because it can lead to various risks such as identity theft, online scams, and invasion of privacy. Personal information like full name, address, phone number, and social security number can be used by malicious individuals for fraudulent activities. Additionally, sharing personal details publicly on social media platforms can compromise your privacy and make you vulnerable to cyberbullying or stalking. Therefore, it is important to be cautious and limit the amount of personal information shared online to protect yourself from potential harm.

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  • 20. 

    Which of these components are not considered Hardware?

    • A.

      Monitor

    • B.

      Printer

    • C.

      Scanner

    • D.

      Microsoft Word

    Correct Answer
    D. Microsoft Word
    Explanation
    The components listed in the question, such as the monitor, printer, and scanner, are all physical devices that fall under the category of hardware. However, Microsoft Word is a software application used for word processing and is not a physical component. Therefore, Microsoft Word is not considered hardware.

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  • 21. 

    While here at school we save our information to the H:drive.  The H:drive is considered the ?

    • A.

      Network Drive

    • B.

      Hard Drive

    • C.

      CPU

    • D.

      Desktop

    Correct Answer
    A. Network Drive
    Explanation
    The H:drive is considered the network drive because it is a shared storage space that can be accessed by multiple users within the school's network. It allows users to save and retrieve their information from any computer connected to the network, providing a centralized location for data storage and easy accessibility.

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  • 22. 

    Which saving device does not require a disk in order to save?

    • A.

      DVD Drive

    • B.

      CD Drive

    • C.

      Floppy Disk Drive

    • D.

      Hard Drive

    Correct Answer
    D. Hard Drive
    Explanation
    A hard drive is a saving device that does not require a disk in order to save. Unlike DVD drives, CD drives, and floppy disk drives, which all require a physical disk to save data, a hard drive uses magnetic storage to save and retrieve data on a non-removable disk. This allows for larger storage capacities and faster data transfer rates compared to other saving devices.

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  • 23. 

    An example(s) of programming language would be?

    • A.

      C++

    • B.

      Basic

    • C.

      Java Script

    • D.

      HTML

    • E.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    E. All of the above
    Explanation
    All of the options listed (C++, Basic, JavaScript, HTML) are examples of programming languages. C++ is a general-purpose programming language, Basic is a beginner-friendly language, JavaScript is mainly used for web development, and HTML is used for creating the structure and content of web pages. Therefore, all of the options provided are valid examples of programming languages.

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  • 24. 

    The Operating System___________________________________________.

    • A.

      Controls how the CPU communicates with other hardware and software components.

    • B.

      Is responsible for waking up the computer.

    • C.

      Makes computers user friendly.

    • D.

      Both A and C.

    Correct Answer
    D. Both A and C.
    Explanation
    The operating system is responsible for both controlling how the CPU communicates with other hardware and software components and making computers user-friendly. By managing the communication between the CPU and other components, the operating system ensures that all hardware and software work together efficiently. Additionally, the operating system provides a user interface and various tools that make it easier for users to interact with the computer, making it more user-friendly. Therefore, the correct answer is both A and C.

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  • 25. 

    The graphics located on the desktop that represent computer programs are called_____?

    • A.

      Icons

    • B.

      Buttons

    • C.

      Storage

    • D.

      BIOS

    Correct Answer
    A. Icons
    Explanation
    Icons are the graphics located on the desktop that represent computer programs. Icons are visual symbols that users can click on to open or access specific programs, files, or folders. They provide a visual representation of the program or file, making it easier for users to recognize and access them. Icons are an essential part of graphical user interfaces (GUIs) and are widely used in operating systems like Windows, macOS, and Linux.

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  • 26. 

    The BIOS is responsible for ____________________?

    • A.

      Waking up the computer.

    • B.

      Displaying graphics

    • C.

      Writing programs

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. Waking up the computer.
    Explanation
    The BIOS, or Basic Input/Output System, is responsible for waking up the computer. It is a firmware that initializes and tests hardware components during the boot process. It performs a Power-On Self Test (POST) to check if all hardware is functioning correctly, and then loads the operating system into the computer's memory. Therefore, the BIOS plays a crucial role in starting up the computer and preparing it for operation.

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  • 27. 

    People who write codes to create programs are known as computer_____________________?

    • A.

      Writers

    • B.

      Linguists

    • C.

      Technicians

    • D.

      Programmers

    Correct Answer
    D. Programmers
    Explanation
    People who write codes to create programs are known as programmers. They are responsible for designing, coding, and debugging software applications. They use programming languages to communicate instructions to computers and create programs that perform specific tasks. Programmers play a crucial role in the development of software and are skilled in problem-solving, logical thinking, and understanding complex algorithms.

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  • 28. 

    I'm online and I meet someone my age in a chat room.  Is it OK to give him/her my address or phone number so we can get together?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    • C.

      Sometimes

    • D.

      Yes if they seem nice

    Correct Answer
    B. No
    Explanation
    It is not safe to give out personal information, such as address or phone number, to someone you meet online, even if they seem nice. This is because you cannot be certain of their true intentions or identity. It is important to prioritize your safety and protect your personal information when interacting with strangers online.

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  • 29. 

    I have a digital picture of myself and someone I met online wants to see it.  Is it OK to send it to that person?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    • C.

      Sometimes

    • D.

      Yes if they seem nice

    Correct Answer
    B. No
    Explanation
    Sending a digital picture of oneself to someone met online is not recommended due to potential risks. Sharing personal photos can compromise privacy and lead to misuse or exploitation. It is crucial to prioritize safety and exercise caution when interacting with strangers online.

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  • 30. 

    Which of the following are considered input devices?

    • A.

      Keyboard

    • B.

      Scanner

    • C.

      Touchpad

    • D.

      Mouse

    • E.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    E. All of the above
    Explanation
    All of the options listed (keyboard, scanner, touchpad, and mouse) are considered input devices. Input devices are used to enter data or instructions into a computer system. A keyboard allows the user to input text and commands, a scanner converts physical documents or images into digital format, a touchpad enables the user to control the cursor on a laptop or mobile device by touching the surface, and a mouse is a handheld device used to move the cursor and select objects on a computer screen. Therefore, all of these options are correct as they are all examples of input devices.

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  • 31. 

    Which of the following are considered output devices?

    • A.

      Monitor

    • B.

      Speakers

    • C.

      Printer

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    All of the given options - monitor, speakers, and printer - are considered output devices. An output device is any hardware component that receives processed data from a computer system and presents it to the user in a perceivable form. A monitor displays visual output, speakers produce audio output, and a printer produces hard copy output. Therefore, all three options mentioned in the question are correct answers.

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  • 32. 

    Give two reasons why we need external storage devices.

    Correct Answer
    Back up information
    Transfer information from one computer to another
    If your computer crashes
    Explanation
    Using QAR - In the Text - Underline the answers in the text on the sheet provided.

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  • 33. 

    List three reasons why Flash Drives tend to be better than a Floppy Disk.

    Correct Answer
    More compact
    Faster
    Durable
    Hold more date
    more reliable
    Explanation
    Using QAR - In the Text - Underline the answers in the text on the sheet provided.

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