MMEDIA 1A03, Homework 3

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  1. What is RAM?

    Read Always Memory
    Read Access Memory
    Random Access Management
    Random Access Memory

  2. Charles Babbage is known for what?

    Building a loom for weaving information.
    Writing a programming language for the Internet.
    Designing a mechanical computing device that was programmable.
    Working with Ada Lovelace on a mechanical organ.

  3. Tim Berners-Lee is known for what?

    Creating the WWW.
    Founding the organization that sets standards for the Internet.
    Devising a way to send information over the Internet.
    Creating a functioning e-mail system.

  4. Steve Jobs is known for what?

    Founding Apple and leading the Macintosh team.
    Battling Bill Gates over Windows.
    Developing the sound manager program used in Linux.
    Developing the graphical user interface.

  5. In what decade was Apple founded?

    1950s
    1960s
    1970s
    1980s

  6. The 1940s are important in the history of computers for what?

    The development of personal computers.
    The development of the first electronic computers.
    The development of the first graphical user interfaces.
    The development of the Internet.

  7. 1972 is important in the history of multimedia for what event?

    The formation of Atari who released Pong the first successful arcade game.
    The release of Pac-Man on home computers.
    The development of the first hypertext game called Spacewar.
    The development of the first adventure game on PDP-10 by Will Crowther.

  8. 1984 is important for what event in the history of computing?

    The release of the Apple Macintosh, the first successful PC with a GUI.
    The release of the Apple II, the first successful PC for the home market.
    The release of Pong, the first successful arcade game.
    The release of Windows, the first graphical user interface.

  9. The 1990s saw the explosive growth of what new service?

    E-mail
    Microprocessors
    Gopher
    The World Wide Web

  10. 1981 was significant for what event in computing?

    The release of the first version of MS Windows.
    The release of the IBM PC.
    The installation of the first IMP.
    The creation of the first Internet standards body.

  11. Which of these is not a form of memory?

    RAM
    Printer
    Hard Drive
    CD-ROM Drive

  12. Which of these is not true about a computer?

    A computer can load and store programs.
    On a computer information is stored in a digital form.
    A computer is a specialized device that can run only one program.
    A computer can perform calculations on data.

  13. Which of these is true of a computer?

    A computer is a digital device.
    A computer is simply a fancy calculator.
    A computer is anything that can run programs.
    An adding machine is a type of computer.

  14. Which of these computers typically stores your e-mail?

    Personal Computer
    UNIX Multiuser Computer
    Personal Digital Assistant
    Microcomputer

  15. Which of these types of computer could you hold in your hand?

    Minicomputer
    Microcomputer
    Personal Digital Assistant
    Laptop

  16. Which of these is not true of a personal computer (PC)?

    All personal computers run Windows.
    A personal computer can be used for desktop publishing.
    Personal computers are made by companies like Apple, IBM, Dell, and Compaq.
    Personal computers can be used to control robots.

  17. Which of these companies does not make a personal computer?

    Microsoft
    Apple
    IBM
    Sony

  18. An appliance computer should have which of these characteristics?

    You should be able to connect to your bank account with it.
    You should be able to control household appliances with it.
    You should be able to plug it in, turn it on, and it should work.
    You should be able to install different operating systems.

  19. Approximately how many bits are there in a Kilobyte?

    640
    1024
    256
    8192

  20. A CD-ROM can typically hold how much information?

    128 Megabytes
    32 Megabytes
    650 Megabytes
    500 Megabits

  21. The ENIAC project was led by which two people?

    Jobs and Wozniak
    Allen and Gates
    Mauchly and Eckert
    Lovelace and Babbage

  22. The Advanced Research Project Agency was formed in response to what event?

    The need for the Internet
    The success of the first computers like the ENIAC
    The need for a central computing facility to coordinate military activities
    The launch of Sputnik

  23. In which year were the first two sites connected to form the first link in what was to become the ARPANET and then the Internet?

    1959
    1969
    1972
    1984

  24. Was the ARPANET developed for e-mail and other types of human communication?

    No, the developers wanted to find a way to share computing resources.
    No, the developers wanted to give people access to military software.
    Yes, the developers wanted to build a communications system that could withstand a nuclear attack.
    Yes, the developers wanted to increase the productivity of home workers.

  25. What was the significance of the MITS Altair?

    It was one of the first computers to use the Intel 8080 chip.
    It was the first minicomputer.
    It was the first affordable personal computer.
    It was the first game computer.

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