Name:     Period: 
 
Student ID: 

Fall 2012- First Six Weeks Exam--SUBMIT ONLY ONCE

Multiple Choice
Identify the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question.
 

 1. 

Which of the following is an example of an optical storage device?
a.
tape drive
c.
CD-ROM drive
b.
hard drive
 

 2. 

Which of the following is not a basic type of input?
a.
data
c.
memory
b.
software instructions
 

 3. 

This is the raw information, or data, that is entered into a computer.
a.
bytes
c.
input
b.
bits
 

 4. 

Like a car’s gas gauge, this type of computer measures data on a scale with many values.
a.
processing
c.
analog
b.
digital
 

 5. 

This device uses a stack of platters to permanently store large amounts of information.
a.
CD-ROM drive
c.
hard drive
b.
RAM
 

 6. 

This is an instruction that tells a software program what action to perform.
a.
command
c.
data
b.
response
 

 7. 

A CD-ROM drive is an example of this type of storage device.
a.
read-only
c.
read/write
b.
primary
 

 8. 

This is a set of programs that tells the computer how to start up.
a.
ROM
c.
PC
b.
BIOS
 

 9. 

A standard compact disc can hold this much data.
a.
650 GB
c.
650 MB
b.
350 MB
 

 10. 

Which storage device holds the smallest amount of data?
a.
floppy disks
c.
compact discs
b.
hard drives
 

 11. 

What is the most common magnetic storage device installed in computers?
a.
CD-ROM drive
c.
floppy disk drive
b.
hard drive
 

 12. 

A monitor is an example of this.
a.
pointing device
c.
input device
b.
output device
 

 13. 

Secondary storage devices are sometimes referred to as _____.
a.
archival
c.
primary
b.
memory
 

 14. 

What does the term RAM stand for?
a.
rarely accessed memory
c.
remaining accessible memory
b.
random access memory
 

 15. 

A keyboard is an example of this type of device.
a.
storage
c.
input
b.
output
 

 16. 

This is another name for a program that tells a computer what to do and how to do it.
a.
software
c.
hardware
b.
peripheral
 

 17. 

Which type of operating system is used to control large equipment and to regulate factory operations?
a.
real-time
c.
single-user/multitasking
b.
single-user/single-task
 

 18. 

Microsoft Windows® is an example of this type of software.
a.
operating system
c.
Macintosh® OS
b.
application software
 

 19. 

A storage device that is installed inside your computer is called a(n) _____ device.
a.
internal
c.
peripheral
b.
optical
 

 20. 

This operating system is designed to run on computers made by Apple®.
a.
Macintosh OS
c.
Microsoft Windows
b.
Linux™
 

 21. 

This operating system is installed on more than 90 percent of personal computers.
a.
Microsoft Windows
c.
Linux
b.
Macintosh OS
 

 22. 

Most desktop and laptop computers today use this type of operating system.
a.
multi-user
c.
single-user/multitasking
b.
real-time
 

 23. 

This category of software includes programs that help the computer work properly.
a.
application software
c.
system software
b.
program software
 

 24. 

This type of visual display lets you use a mouse to interact with the workspace on the computer screen.
a.
desktop
c.
operating system
b.
graphical user interface
 

 25. 

The on-screen tools you use to interact with a computer are called the _____.
a.
applications
c.
controls
b.
interface
 

 26. 

What does the term USB stand for?
a.
Universal Serial Binary
c.
Universal Serial Bus
b.
Universal Serial Box
 

 27. 

Which of the following is a sequential storage device?
a.
ROM
c.
tape drive
b.
hard drive
 

 28. 

How many operations can a computer perform every second?
a.
millions
c.
hundreds
b.
thousands
 

 29. 

This type of software may do maintenance and repair jobs that an operating system cannot do itself.
a.
utility software
c.
communication software
b.
productivity software
 

 30. 

This input device is commonly used with computer games.
a.
scanner
c.
joystick
b.
digital camera
 

 31. 

Which of the following is a storage medium?
a.
file
c.
magnetic tape
b.
CD-ROM drive
 

 32. 

What is the most common optical storage device installed in computers?
a.
RAM
c.
CD-ROM drive
b.
hard drive
 

 33. 

This is the most common type of monitor.
a.
LCD
c.
CRT
b.
phosphor
 

 34. 

This was one of the first operating systems ever written.
a.
UNIX
c.
Macintosh OS
b.
Linux
 

 35. 

Which is the most commonly used input device?
a.
microphone
c.
mouse
b.
keyboard
 

 36. 

The type of file people most often use is called a _____.
a.
BIOS
c.
document
b.
memory
 

 37. 

A computer’s main memory, or RAM, is sometimes called this.
a.
primary storage
c.
archival storage
b.
storage device
 

 38. 

The term secondary storage is sometimes used to describe devices that store data this way.
a.
temporarily
c.
permanently
b.
as files
 

 39. 

Which of the following tasks is not performed by the operating system?
a.
managing the formatting in a letter
c.
managing the CPU
b.
managing computer memory
 

 40. 

When a computer saves information permanently, this is called _____.
a.
processing
c.
storage
b.
output
 

 41. 

In this second basic action of the computer cycle, the computer does something to the data.
a.
processing
c.
output
b.
input
 

 42. 

This type of device retains data even when the computer’s power is turned off.
a.
output
c.
input
b.
storage
 

 43. 

When two programs try to occupy the same space in RAM, one or both may do this.
a.
resolve
c.
crash
b.
run
 

 44. 

This device does arithmetic and compares data very quickly.
a.
RAM
c.
CPU
b.
hard drive
 

 45. 

This type of memory stores its contents permanently, even when the computer is off.
a.
BIOS
c.
RAM
b.
ROM
 

 46. 

This device enables a computer to record and play back sounds.
a.
scanner
c.
sound card
b.
microphone
 

 47. 

The operating system lets you change some features of the _____, such as the look of the background or the placement of the icons.
a.
memory
c.
desktop
b.
programs
 

 48. 

UNIX is an example of this type of operating system.
a.
multi-user
c.
real-time
b.
single-user/single-task
 

 49. 

A computer’s physical parts are called _____.
a.
pieces
c.
hardware
b.
software
 

 50. 

This is a collection of related information or program code, which has been given a unique name.
a.
folder
c.
device
b.
file
 



 
         Start Over