The Spark 80s Tech Quiz

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What was the line of computers made by Tandy & Radio Shack in the early 80s, with the derogatory name the “Trash 80”?

    • A.

      The TDP-100

    • B.

      The TRS-80

    • C.

      The Apple II

    • D.

      The Atari 800

    Correct Answer
    B. The TRS-80
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the TRS-80. The TRS-80 was a line of computers made by Tandy & Radio Shack in the early 80s. It was nicknamed the "Trash 80" as a derogatory term, but it became popular and successful in the personal computer market. The TRS-80 was one of the early pioneers in the home computer industry.

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  • 2. 

    What is the title of the first video game to contain an easter egg hidden by a developer?

    • A.

      Defender

    • B.

      Yars' Revenge

    • C.

      Adventure

    • D.

      Super Breakout

    Correct Answer
    C. Adventure
    Explanation
    Adventure is the correct answer because it was the first video game to contain an Easter egg hidden by a developer. The Easter egg was a secret room that the developer, Warren Robinett, added to the game without the knowledge of his superiors. This hidden feature was groundbreaking at the time and paved the way for future Easter eggs in video games.

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  • 3. 

    In 1986, which company released the first disposable camera?

    • A.

      Fuji

    • B.

      Canon

    • C.

      Nikon

    • D.

      Minolta

    Correct Answer
    A. Fuji
    Explanation
    Fuji released the first disposable camera in 1986.

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  • 4. 

    In June 1980, North America was introduced to the world's first low-cost portable cassette player. Originally called the “Soundabout” this was quickly changed to what famous brand name?

    • A.

      The Walkman

    • B.

      The Pressman

    • C.

      The Freestyle

    • D.

      The Stowaway

    Correct Answer
    A. The Walkman
    Explanation
    In June 1980, North America was introduced to the world's first low-cost portable cassette player. Originally called the "Soundabout," this device quickly became known as The Walkman.

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  • 5. 

    The videotape format war raged on for about 10 years until the mid-80s, when finally the VHS (originated by JVC) emerged victorious and became the standard in the home video market. What was its main competitor in the war?

    • A.

      Phillips' Discovision

    • B.

      Sony's U-Matic

    • C.

      Sony's Betamax

    • D.

      Sanyo's V-Cord

    Correct Answer
    C. Sony's Betamax
    Explanation
    Sony's Betamax was the main competitor in the videotape format war. The question mentions that the war lasted for about 10 years until the mid-80s, indicating a long battle between different formats. Among the options given, Betamax was a popular format developed by Sony that directly competed with JVC's VHS. The mention of Betamax as a competitor aligns with the historical context of the format war and the eventual victory of VHS.

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  • 6. 

    In 1980, Atari became the first company to register a copyright for computer games. What two awesome games were the first to be registered?

    • A.

      Pole Position and Centipede

    • B.

      Asteroids and Lunar Lander

    • C.

      Joust and Battlezone

    • D.

      Zaxxon and Space Harrier

    Correct Answer
    B. Asteroids and Lunar Lander
    Explanation
    Atari became the first company to register a copyright for computer games in 1980. The two games that were the first to be registered were Asteroids and Lunar Lander.

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  • 7. 

    MS-DOS was introduced in 1981. What is MS-DOS short for?

    • A.

      Microsoft Data Open System

    • B.

      Microsoft Disk Operating System

    • C.

      Massive Data Open Source

    • D.

      Massive Desk Operating Source

    Correct Answer
    B. Microsoft Disk Operating System
    Explanation
    MS-DOS is short for Microsoft Disk Operating System. It was introduced in 1981. MS-DOS was a command-line operating system developed by Microsoft for IBM-compatible personal computers. It provided a basic set of commands and allowed users to interact with the computer through a text-based interface. MS-DOS was widely used during the 1980s and early 1990s before being replaced by Windows operating systems.

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  • 8. 

    What was the first affordable* computer to include a Graphical User Interface? (*If to you, affordable meant $2,495 in 1984!)

    • A.

      The Apple Macintosh

    • B.

      The VIC-20

    • C.

      The ZX Spectrum+

    • D.

      The Commodore 64

    Correct Answer
    A. The Apple Macintosh
    Explanation
    The Apple Macintosh was the first affordable computer to include a Graphical User Interface. It was released in 1984 and had a price of $2,495, which was considered affordable at that time. The Macintosh revolutionized the computer industry with its user-friendly interface and graphical elements, making it accessible to a wider range of users.

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  • 9. 

    In what video game did the character Mario (later of Super Mario Brothers fame) first appear in?

    • A.

      Frogger

    • B.

      Q*bert

    • C.

      Space Invaders

    • D.

      Donkey Kong

    Correct Answer
    D. Donkey Kong
    Explanation
    Mario first appeared in the video game Donkey Kong. In this game, Mario was originally known as "Jumpman" and his objective was to rescue his girlfriend, Pauline, from the giant ape Donkey Kong. The game was a huge success and marked the beginning of Mario's iconic journey in the world of video games.

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  • 10. 

    Who was Teddy Ruxpin?

    • A.

      A dancing Pepsi can

    • B.

      A talking toy bear

    • C.

      The voice of KITT

    • D.

      The leader of the A-Team

    Correct Answer
    B. A talking toy bear
    Explanation
    Teddy Ruxpin was a popular children's toy in the 1980s. It was a talking toy bear that could move its mouth and eyes while telling stories or singing songs. It became well-known for its interactive capabilities and was a favorite among children during that time.

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