pc maintenance mcq questions


Multiple Choice Question & Answer:-

1. All of the following are examples of real security and privacy risks EXCEPT:


A. hackers.


B. spam.


C. viruses.


D. identity theft.


Answer: B
2. A process known as ____________ is used by large retailers to study trends.


A. data mining


B. data selection




D. data conversion


Answer: A
3. ____________terminals (formerly known as cash registers) are often connected to complex inventory and sales computer systems.


A. Data


B. Point-of-sale (POS)


C. Sales


D. Query


Answer: B
4. A(n) ____________ system is a small, wireless handheld computer that scans an item’s tag and pulls up the current price (and any special offers) as you shop.






C. inventory


D. data mining


Answer: A
5. The ability to recover and read deleted or damaged files from a criminal’s computer is an example of a law enforcement specialty called:


A. robotics.


B. simulation.


C. computer forensics.


D. animation.


Answer: C
6. Which of the following is NOT one of the four major data processing functions of a computer?


A. gathering data


B. processing data into information


C. analyzing the data or information


D. storing the data or information


Answer: C
7. ____________ tags, when placed on an animal, can be used to record and track in a database all of the animal’s movements.










Answer: B
8. Surgeons can perform delicate operations by manipulating devices through computers instead of manually. This technology is known as:


A. robotics.


B. computer forensics.


C. simulation.


D. forecasting.


Answer: A
9. Technology no longer protected by copyright, available to everyone, is considered to be:


A. proprietary.


B. open.


C. experimental.


D. in the public domain.


Answer: A
10. ____________ is the study of molecules and structures whose size ranges from 1 to 100 nanometers.


A. Nanoscience


B. Microelectrodes


C. Computer forensics


D. Artificial intelligence


Answer: A


11. ____________ is the science that attempts to produce machines that display the same type of intelligence that humans do.


A. Nanoscience


B. Nanotechnology


C. Simulation


D. Artificial intelligence (AI)


Answer: D
12. ____________ is data that has been organized or presented in a meaningful fashion.


A. A process


B. Software


C. Storage


D. Information


Answer: D
13. The name for the way that computers manipulate data into information is called:


A. programming.


B. processing.


C. storing.


D. organizing.


Answer: B
14. Computers gather data, which means that they allow users to ____________ data.


A. present


B. input


C. output


D. store


Answer: B
15. After a picture has been taken with a digital camera and processed appropriately, the actual print of the picture is considered:


A. data.


B. output.


C. input.


D. the process.


Answer: B
16. Computers use the ____________ language to process data.

A. processing

B. kilobyte


C. binary


D. representational


Answer: C
17. Computers process data into information by working exclusively with:


A. multimedia.


B. words.


C. characters.


D. numbers.


Answer: D
18. In the binary language each letter of the alphabet, each number and each special character is made up of a unique combination of:


A. eight bytes.


B. eight kilobytes.


C. eight characters.


D. eight bits.


Answer: D
19. The term bit is short for:


A. megabyte.


B. binary language.


C. binary digit.


D. binary number.


Answer: C
20. A string of eight 0s and 1s is called a:

A. megabyte.

B. byte.


C. kilobyte.


D. gigabyte.


Answer: B
21. A ____________ is approximately one billion bytes.


A. kilobyte


B. bit


C. gigabyte


D. megabyte


Answer: C
22. A ____________ is approximately a million bytes.


A. gigabyte


B. kilobyte


C. megabyte


D. terabyte


Answer: C
23. ____________ is any part of the computer that you can physically touch.


A. Hardware


B. A device


C. A peripheral


D. An application


Answer: A
24. The components that process data are located in the:

A. input devices.

B. output devices.


C. system unit.


D. storage component.


Answer: C
25. All of the following are examples of input devices EXCEPT a:


A. scanner.


B. mouse.


C. keyboard.


D. printer.


Answer: D
26. Which of the following is an example of an input device?


A. scanner


B. speaker




D. printer


Answer: A
27. All of the following are examples of storage devices EXCEPT:


A. hard disk drives.


B. printers.


C. floppy disk drives.


D. CD drives.


Answer: B
28. The ____________, also called the “brains†of the computer, is responsible for processing data.


A. motherboard


B. memory




D. central processing unit (CPU)


Answer: D
29. The CPU and memory are located on the:


A. expansion board.


B. motherboard.


C. storage device.


D. output device.


Answer: B
30. Word processing, spreadsheet, and photo-editing are examples of:


A. application software.


B. system software.


C. operating system software.


D. platform software.


Answer: A
31. ____________ is a set of computer programs used on a computer to help perform tasks.


A. An instruction


B. Software


C. Memory


D. A processor


Answer: B
32. System software is the set of programs that enables your computers hardware devices and ____________ software to work together.


A. management


B. processing


C. utility


D. application


Answer: D
33. The PC (personal computer) and the Apple Macintosh are examples of two different:


A. platforms.


B. applications.


C. programs.


D. storage devices.


Answer: A
34. Apple Macintoshes (Macs) and PCs use different ____________ to process data and different operating systems.


A. languages


B. methods




D. storage devices


Answer: C
35. Servers are computers that provide resources to other computers connected to a:


A. network.


B. mainframe.


C. supercomputer.


D. client.


Answer: A
36. Smaller and less expensive PC-based servers are replacing ____________ in many businesses.


A. supercomputers


B. clients


C. laptops


D. mainframes


Answer: D
37. ____________ are specially designed computers that perform complex calculations extremely rapidly.


A. Servers


B. Supercomputers


C. Laptops


D. Mainframes


Answer: B
38. DSL is an example of a(n) ____________ connection.


A. network


B. wireless


C. slow


D. broadband


Answer: D
39. The difference between people with access to computers and the Internet and those without this access is known as the:


A. digital divide.


B. Internet divide.


C. Web divide.


D. broadband divide.


Answer: A
40. ____________ is the science revolving around the use of nano structures to build devices on an extremely small scale.


A. Nanotechnology


B. Micro-technology


C. Computer forensics


D. Artificial intelligence


Answer: A
41. Which of the following is the correct order of the four major functions of a computer?


A. Process à Output à Input à Storage


B. Input à Outputà Process à Storage


C. Process à Storage à Input à Output


D. Input à Process à Output à Storage


Answer: D
42. ____________ bits equal one byte.


A. Eight


B. Two


C. One thousand


D. One million


Answer: A
43. The binary language consists of ____________ digit(s).


A. 8


B. 2


C. 1,000


D. 1


Answer: B
44. A byte can hold one ____________ of data.


A. bit


B. binary digit


C. character


D. kilobyte


Answer: C
45. ____________ controls the way in which the computer system functions and provides a means by which users can interact with the computer.


A. The platform


B. The operating system


C. Application software


D. The motherboard


Answer: B
46. The operating system is the most common type of ____________ software.


A. communication


B. application


C. system


D. word-processing software


Answer: C
47. ____________ are specially designed computer chips that reside inside other devices, such as your car or your electronic thermostat.


A. Servers


B. Embedded computers


C. Robotic computers


D. Mainframes


Answer: B
48. The steps and tasks needed to process data, such as responses to questions or clicking an icon, are called:


A. instructions.


B. the operating system.


C. application software.


D. the system unit.


Answer: A
49. The two broad categories of software are:


A. word processing and spreadsheet.


B. transaction and application.


C. Windows and Mac OS.


D. system and application.


Answer: D
50. The metal or plastic case that holds all the physical parts of the computer is the:


A. system unit.




C. mainframe.


D. platform.


Answer: A
Fill in the Blanks:
51. Between PCs and Macs, the ____________ is the platform of choice for graphic design and animation.


Answer: Mac


52. The ____________ is the program that manages the hardware of the computer system, including the CPU, memory, storage devices, and input/output devices.


Answer: operating system


53. The type of operating system software you use depends on your computers€™s ____________.


Answer: platform


54. ____________software helps you carry out tasks, such as typing a document or creating a spreadsheet


Answer: Application


55. ____________are the fastest and most expensive computers.


Answer: Supercomputers


56. A ____________ is approximately 1,000 bytes.


Answer: kilobyte


57. Input devices are used to provide the steps and tasks the computer needs to process data, and these steps and tasks are called ____________.


Answer: instructions


58. A computer gathers data, processes it, outputs the data or information, and ____________ the data or information.


Answer: stores


59. The binary language consists of two digits: ____________ and ____________.


Answer: 0 and 1


60. A string of ____________ 0s and 1s is called a byte.


Answer: eight (8)


61. The devices you use to enter data into a computer system are known as ____________ devices


Answer: input


62. The devices on a computer system that let you see the processed information are known as ____________ devices.


Answer: output


63. ____________ is the set of computer instructions or programs that enables the hardware to perform different tasks.


Answer: Software


64. When you connect to the ____________, your computer is communicating with a server at your Internet service provider (ISP).


Answer: Internet


65. ____________ are computers that excel at executing many different computer programs at the same time.


Answer: Mainframes


66. ____________is the application of computer systems and techniques to gather legal evidence.


Answer: Computer forensics


67. ____________ is the science that attempts to create machines that will emulate the human thought process.


Answer: Artificial intelligence (AI)


68. Macintosh computers use the Macintosh operating system (Mac OS), whereas PCs generally run ____________ as an operating system.


Answer: Microsoft Windows


69. A process known as ____________ tracks trends and allows retailers to respond to consumer buying patterns.


Answer: data mining


70. Hard disk drives and CD drives are examples of ____________ devices.


Answer: storage


71. You would use ____________ software to create spreadsheets, type documents, and edit photos.


Answer: application


72. ____________ are computers that support hundreds or thousands of users simultaneously.


Answer: Mainframes


73. ____________ is the term given to the act of stealing someone’s identity and ruining their credit rating.


Answer: Identity theft


74. Surgeons are using ____________ to guide robots to perform delicate surgery.


Answer: computers


75. Patient ____________ are life-sized mannequins that have a pulse and a heartbeat and respond to procedures just like humans.


Answer: simulators


True and False
76. Currently, the performance of tasks by robots is based on pre programmed algorithms.


Answer: True


77. Data can be a number, a word, a picture, or a sound.


Answer: True


78. Strictly defined, a computer is a data processing device.


Answer: True


79. The discrepancy between the “haves†and “have-nots†with regard to computer technology is commonly referred to as the digital society.


Answer: False (digital divide)


80. One of the benefits of becoming computer fluent is being a savvy computer user and consumer and knowing how to avoid viruses, the programs that pose threats to computer security.


Answer: True


81. Trend-spotting programs, developed for business, have been used to predict criminal activity.


Answer: True


82. Employers do not have the right to monitor e-mail and network traffic on employee systems used at work.


Answer: False


83. Clicking on an icon with the mouse is a form of giving an instruction to the computer.


Answer: True


84. Output devices store instructions or data that the CPU processes.Answer: False (memory)
85. The CPU and memory are located on a special circuit board in the system unit called the motherboard.


Answer: True


86. Nanostructures represent the smallest human-made structures that can be built.


Answer: True


87. The main difference between a supercomputer and a mainframe is that supercomputers are designed to execute a few programs as quickly as possible,whereas mainframes are designed to handle many programs running at the same time (but at a slower pace).


Answer: True


88. Being computer fluent means that you should be able to build a computer yourself.


Answer: False


89. Embedded computers are self-contained computer devices that have their own programming and do not receive input.


Answer: True


90. A Web browser is a special device that is installed in your computer that allows it to communicate with other devices on a network.Answer: False (network adapter)
91. With a wireless network, it is easier to relocate devices.


Answer: True


92. The most common type of memory that the computer uses to process data is ROM.


Answer: False (RAM)


93. Match the following terms with their approximate size:I. kilobyte A. one million bytes


II. byte B. eight bits


III. gigabyte C. one thousand bytes


IV. megabyte D. one billion bytes


V. terabyte E. one trillion bytes


Answer: C, B, D, A, E


94. Match the following terms with their meanings:I. printer A. storage device


II. scanner B. output device


III. RAM C. input device


IV. CPU D. a type of memory


V. CD drive E. processor


Answer: B, C, D, E, A


95. Match the following terms with their meanings:I. mainframe A. the most expensive computers that perform complex calculations extremely rapidly


II. supercomputer B. a computer that provides resources to other computers connected to a network


III. embedded computer C. a large, expensive computer that supports hundreds or thousands of users simultaneously


IV. PDA D. a self-contained computer device that usually performs preprogrammed functions such as temperature control


V. server E. a small mobile computing device


Answer: C, A, D, E, B


96. Match the following terms with their meanings:I. software A. transforming data into information


II. hardware B. data that has been organized or presented in a meaningful fashion


III. operating system C. any part of the computer that you can physically touch


IV. processing D. a set of computer programs that enables hardware to perform different tasks


V. information E. the most common type of system software, it controls the way in which the computer system functions


Answer: D, C, E, A, B


97. Match the following terms with their meanings:I. system software A. the set of programs that enables computer hardware devices and application software to work together


II. application software B. the kind of operating system software you will use depends on this


III. platform C. operating system software generally used on PCs


IV. Microsoft Windows D. a set of programs used to accomplish a specific task


V. Mac OS E. operating system software used on the Apple Macintosh


Answer: A, D, B, C, E


98. Match the following terms with their meanings:I. data A. the main circuit board in the system unit


II. memory B. the representation of a fact or idea (unprocessed information)


III. output C. processed data or information


IV. storage D. holds instructions or data that the CPU processes


V. motherboard E. data or information that can be accessed again


Answer: B, D, C, E, A


99. Match the following terms with their meanings:I. bit A. the science revolving around the use of nanostructures to build devices on an extremely small scale


II. binary language B. the case that contains the system components


III. instructions C. consists of 0s and 1s


IV. system unit D. short for binary digit


V. nanotechnology E. steps and tasks necessary to process data into usable information


Answer: D, C, E, B, A


100. Match the following fields to the related computer technology:I. medicine A. Internet research and virtual tours

II. business B. data mining

III. law enforcement C. robotics and simulation


IV. education D. computer forensics


V. archeology E. digital recreations of ruins


Answer: C, B, D, A, E






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