Note: This Midterm is a couple of semesters old. Note that some of the information may have changed since then. Also, there are some questions on the history of computers which may not have been covered this semester yet.

A22.0004 -- Computers in Principle and Practice

Sample Midterm Test

NAME_________________________________

This is a CLOSED book examination.

Multiple Choice Questions Please Circle the Correct Answer (2 points each)

 

1. A URL is

a. is a Uniform Robotic Language
b. is a certificate on every electronic device verifying that it has been inspected by the Underwriters Research Laboratories
c. is a Uniform Resource Location
d. is that part of the computer which actually does the computations
e. none of the above
f. all of the above

 

2. Bill Gates

a. is the former head of the L.A. police department
b. founded a multi-billion dollar software company
c. developed both the NAND and NOR Gates which are named after him
d. was a high school drop out who invented Pascal
e. none of the above
f. all of the above

 

3. While a modern computer can calculate PI to 707 decimal places within 7 seconds, the 18th century British school teacher William Shanks took

a. 28 minutes to complete the same task
b. 28 days to complete the same task
c. 28 months to complete the same task
d. 28 years to complete the same task
e. none of the above
f. all of the above

 

4. Microsoft Windows

a. was the basis for the Apple Macintosh OS
b. is based upon the Apple Macintosh OS
c. is a word-processing program for the IBM PC
d. is pliable, permeable Plexiglas
e. none of the above
f. all of the above
 

5. You erase a file on the Mac:

a. by highlighting it and pressing the "delete" key
b. by highlighting it and dragging it to the trash
c. by highlighting it and choosing "Delete" under the "File" menu
d. only by backing it up. Files cannot be erased on the Mac directly.
e. none of the above
f. all of the above

 

6. The Chooser:

a. was Babbage's term for that part of the computer which makes decisions
b. is a free utility from Apple designed to determine customer needs
c. allows a user to pick a destination printer
d. is an Excel function which picks the best choice from a list of data
e. none of the above
f. all of the above

 

7. The 1890 U.S. Census led to the establishment of a company which

a. mass produced typewriters for the first time
b. mass produced adding machines for the first time
c. used steam to successfully power the difference engine
d. is today IBM's biggest competitor
e. none of the above
f. all of the above

 

8. To install a new font under Apple System 7.5

a. you must first open the WORD program
b. the Control Panel must be open
c. you must run the Font/DA mover
d. it must be dragged on top of the System folder
e. none of the above
f. all of the above

 

9. The Univac computer was first publicly demonstrated

a. during the CBS News coverage of the 1952 election
b. during the Olympics of 1950
c. during the Olympics of 1954
d. as part of the Apollo moon project
e. none of the above
f. all of the above

 

10. Examples of Web Search Engines include:

a. Yahoo
b. Excite
c. Alta Vista
d. Lycos
e. none of the above
f. all of the above

 

11. Sans Serif

a. is the California town famous as the center of Silicon Valley
b. is a class of fonts without "feet"
c. is a class of fonts with "feet"
d. is formatting using a ragged right edge
e. none of the above
f. all of the above

 

12. Microsoft Word

a. is available only on Macintosh computers
b. is written into the Macintosh's ROM code
c. comes bundled free with every Macintosh
d. is a shareware product
e. none of the above
f. all of the above

 

13. Charles Babbage invented a computer powered by:

a. electricity
b. water
c. steam
d. horses
e. none of the above
f. all of the above

 

14. Ada, Countess of Lovelace

a. was the child of the poet Byron
b. wrote papers on Babbage's work
c. was the world's first programmer
d. has a computer language named for her
e. none of the above
f. all of the above

 

15. A high-level Domain Name:

a. is at the root directory of a hard disk
b. is at the root directory of a floppy disk
c. is part of the tree directory in Microsoft Windows
d. is part of the tree directory in the Apple OS 7.5
e. none of the above
f. all of the above

 

16. The Telecommunications Act:

a. was recently vetoed by President Clinton
b. only has provisions dealing with the television and cable networks
c. incorporates language outlawing obscenity on the Internet
d. incorporates language outlawing indecency on the Internet
e. none of the above
f. all of the above

 

17. The majority of Mac programs contain which command under the "File" menu:

a. "Quit"
b. "Edit"
c. "View"
d. "Copy"
e. none of the above
f. all of the above

 

18. Windows 95:

a. is a significant upgrade of Windows 3.1
b. was introduced with the lighting of the Empire State Building
c. allows "Plug and Play" hardware upgrades
d. has a "recycle bin" rather than a "trashcan"
e. none of the above
f. all of the above

 

19. Java can be used for:

a. word processing on the new Compaq "Coffee" computers
b. creating "Applets" on a Web browser
c. storing larger quantities of information that a regular floppy disk
d. tracking criminals through the FBI data base
d. none of the above
e. all of the above

 

20. A Web Server:

a. is run by the user on a local machine to view the Web
b. is a program given away by Netscape and Microsoft
c. can handle all Internet connections except Hyperlinks
d. is an arachnid servant
e. none of the above
f. all of the above

 

21. (4 points) A typical Apple Macintosh might have 16 megabytes of main memory (also known as RAM or random access memory) and 500 megabytes of hard disk.

 

a. what is a megabyte?

 

b. On the Mac, which retains its data when the power is turned off -- main memory or the hard disk?

 

22. (2 points) What is the 'clipboard' on a Mac? How is it used??

 

 

23. (2 points) What is the 'scrapbook' on a Mac? How is it used??

 

24. (4 points)

a) Give the address of one Web site we have seen from the Commercial Domain. Describe its contents in a single sentence.

 

b) Give the address of one Web site we have seen from the Educational Domain. Describe its contents in a single sentence.

 

 

25. (2 points) Under System 7.5, what exact process would you take to delete a font from the system?

 

Given the following part of a Mac screen:

26. (2 points) What document is currently being edited?

 

27. (2 points) What is the font that is being used?

 

28. (2 points) Draw a circle around the control that would allow you to indent the SECOND and subsequent lines of a paragraph

 

29. (2 points each)

a. What does the button pointed to by letter A do?

 

b. What does the button pointed to by letter B do?

 

c. What does the button pointed to by letter C do?

 

d. What does the button pointed to by letter D do?

 

 

30. (2 points) What Web address is currently being viewed?

 

 

31. (2 points) What is the name of the page currently being viewed?

 

 

32. (2 points) If you press the mouse button, what Web address will then be viewed?

 

33. (2 points) How many hyperlinks are visible in the window?

 

34. (2 points) If you wished to find a site on the Web which had information on French Dictionaries, would you press the "FIND" button in the picture? Why or why not??

 

35. (2 points) By typing information into the above window, can you save that information on the Web for other users on the 'Net? Why or why not?

 

36. (2 points each)

a. What does the button pointed to by letter A do?

 

b. What does the button pointed to by letter B do?

 

c. What does the button pointed to by letter C do?

 

37. (3 points) Create reasonable vote totals for the three candidates in cells B14, C14 and D14. Write these numbers directly into the cells

 

38. (4 points) In cell B10 create a formula which will compute a TOTAL ADVERTISING for Buchanan (based on the three cells immediately above it.) FILL RIGHT for Dole and Forbes. (Draw an arrow for these two candidates. DO NOT write formulas for them!)

 

39. (3 points) Create a formula in cell B12 which will create TOTAL EXPENSES for Buchanan. Fill right for Dole and Forbes.

 

40. (4 points) Create a formula in cell B15 which will compute the COST PER VOTE for Buchanan, based upon his "Num of NY votes" cell and his "Total Expenses" cell. Fill right for Dole and Forbes.

 

ON ALL OF THE FORMULAS, PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO RELATIVE VS. ABSOLUTE REFERENCES!!