Anne’s Quiz #48

History of Computers

I've seen some of this history personally, but for the pre-1970 stuff, I relied on other accounts. Computers have developed far more rapidly than anyone imagined in the 1950's. One amusing example is of a character Robert Heinlein created for his space-traveling novels: Andrew Jackson "Slipstick" Libby, so-called because of his ability to manipulate a slide rule (aka, slipstick) so rapidly. The idea of using slide rules when navigating starships is ludicrous now. If you don't know what a slide rule looks like, click here.

1. When was FORTRAN first created?
a) 1931
b) 1954
c) 1968
d) 1977
2. When were computers invented?
a) 1838
b) 1902
c) 1940
d) 1951
3. Who was Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace?
a) The inventor of the ADA programming language.
b) The first woman programmer.
c) The inventor of the Internet.
d) A major patron of early computing efforts.
4. What does ENIAC stand for?
a) Electronic Neutron Infrastructure Analyzing Calculator
b) Edward Neville Irrandall Andrew Carnegie
c) Efficient Newtonian Integrator and Analytic Combination
d) Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer
5. When was IBM's PC first marketed?
a) 1969
b) 1975
c) 1981
d) 1987
6. Which of these companies marketed a computer for home use in 1977?
a) Radio Shack
b) Commodore
c) Apple
d) all of the above
7. What was ARPANET?
a) An early version of the internet.
b) A military version of the internet.
c) A local network used at Los Alamos during WWII.
d) The prototype internet for local use at CERN.
8. What was the 'killer app' for the Apple II computers in 1979?
a) Lotus 123
b) VisiCalc
c) Windows
d) Adobe Photoshop
9. What full-length movie was the first to be entirely generated using 3-D graphics on computers?
a) AntZ
b) The Muppet Movie
c) The Iron Giant
d) Toy Story
10. Where did the name C++ come from?
a) it's so much better than its predecessor C
b) the plusses are really 't's for its authors -- Ted and Thomas
c) from its own syntax to increment
d) it's the second revision to C; the first one was C+


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quiz 48 created 10-21-02