Computer Concepts and Terminology

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Example Questions



This section of the tutorial contains some example questions. You can tell which answer is correct by pointing at it with the mouse cursor: correct answers will highlight.

1) Which of these is not a microcomputer?

a) desktop

b) laptop

c) mainframe

d) handheld PC


2) Another name for the main circuit board of a personal computer is...

a) RAM board

b) peripheral board

c) motherboard

d) central processing chip


3) The first general purpose computer that could be programmed was the


b) Altair




4) The first microprocessor chip was developed by

a) IBM

b) Apple

c) Motorola

d) Intel


5) A personal computer is a

a) microcomputer

b) terminal

c) Personal Digital Assistant

d) mainframe


6) Which of these is not designed to be portable?

a) notebook computer

b) PDA

c) laptop computer

d) minicomputer


7) Which of these would NOT be classified as system software

a) Microsoft Word

b) Microsoft Windows

c) device drivers

d) hard disk recovery utility


8) Which of these would NOT be classified as application software?

a) Microsoft Excel

b) Microsoft Access

c) Macintosh OS X

d) Adobe Photoshop


9) If your computer reports that a file has a size of one kilobyte, then how much space it is using?

a) 8 bytes

b) 1,024 bytes

c) 1,048,576 bytes

d) exactly 1,000 bytes


10) The code used to store letters in the form of numbers in a computer.

a) ROM code





11) Which component are you unlikely to find as part of a motherboard?

a) ROM

b) CPU

c) CMOS memory



12) A computer must be capable of doing all of these things except...

a) electrolyze data

b) output data

c) process data

d) store data


13) Which of these is not an output device?

a) monitor

b) microphone

c) laser printer

d) LCD display


14) Which of these is a pointing device?

a) laser printer

b) touch pad

c) data bus

d) decimal point


15) You could measure a microprocessor’s clock speed in...

a) gigabytes

b) AvisHertz

c) bits per second

d) gigahertz


16) CPU stands for:

a) Computation Procedure Unit

b) Chip Production Utility

c) Computer Programmers Union

d) Central Processing Unit


17) Which of these is volatile?

a) ROM

b) RAM




18) Which type of memory holds data that does not change?

a) ROM

b) RAM




19) A CD-ROM can hold approximately

a) 1.44 megabytes

b) 250 gigabytes

c) 670 megabytes

d) 1.44 gigabytes


20) This device stores data by magnetizing tiny spots on a metal disk.

a) CD-ROM disk drive

b) hard disk drive

c) USB Flash Drive

d) DVD disc drive


21) Which of these can a personal computer NOT write data on?


b) hard disk

c) Zip disk

d) CD-RW


22) These are small expansion cards that can be inserted into many laptop computers.

a) SCSIS cards

b) ASCII cards

c) PCMCIA cards

d) CPU cards


23) This is a common networking technology.

a) IEEE 1492

b) Ethernet

c) PCI



24) Which of these ports would you most likely use to connect a keyboard to a personal computer?

a) Parallel port


c) USB

d) PCMCIA port


25) A device that converts digital computer data to analog signals for telecommunications.

a) modem

b) Ethernet card

c) web browser

d) I/O port


26) A device with a display and a keyboard, but no independent processing power.

a) Dumb PC

b) LAN

c) workstation

d) terminal






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