Computer Awareness : Model Question Paper, Question Set - 21


  • 1. The operating system controls access to the CPU by assigning a(n) ____________ to each task requiring CPU utilization.

    • A. interrupt handler
    • B. slices of time
    • C. stack
    • D. event

  • 2. Individuals who want software to assist in automated checkbook balancing and bill paying for their personal bank and credit card accounts will likely use which of the following software products?

    • A. Microsoft Project
    • B. QuickBooks
    • C. Acrobat
    • D. Quicken

  • 3. Quicken and TurboTax are both personal financial products developed by:

    • A. Microsoft.
    • B. Corel.
    • C. Intuit.
    • D. Adobe.

  • 4. If you want software to assist in estimating the time it takes for a sequence of tasks to be accomplished and to track the progress of people working on these tasks, which of the following software products would you use?

    • A. Microsoft Project
    • B. Front Page
    • C. Business Plan Pro
    • D. Visio

  • 5. The most recent version of the Mac OS is based on the ____________ operating system.

    • A. Windows
    • B. Linux
    • C. Unix
    • D. CMOS

  • 6. CAD software is most likely to be used by:

    • A. Web designers.
    • B. engineers.
    • C. project managers.
    • D. magazine editors.

  • 7. Lotus Organizer and Corel Central are examples of ____________ software.

    • A. analytical
    • B. database
    • C. presentation
    • D. PIM

  • 8. Thrashing is caused by:

    • A. over-reliance on swapping to virtual memory.
    • B. insufficient hard disk space.
    • C. too many processors being managed by the operating system.
    • D. inaccurate information stored in the registry.

  • 9. The ability of an operating system to control the activities of multiple programs at the same time is called:

    • A. multitasking.
    • B. multi-processing.
    • C. multi-operating.
    • D. multi-paging.

  • 10. For which of the following tasks would PIM software be most useful?

    • A. Drafting a memo
    • B. Maintaining a schedule
    • C. Calculating a budget
    • D. Keeping track of recipes

  • 11. Software providers who develop many productivity tools may also provide stripped-down versions that combine the simpler features of these tools bundled together into a(n):

    • A. software suite.
    • B. personal information manager.
    • C. integrated software application.
    • D. limited software edition.

  • 12. Which of the following software products would you use in order to enhance the quality of a photograph that you have recently imported from your digital camera, and would likely have been included with the digital camera when you bought it?

    • A. ArcSoft
    • B. Visio
    • C. Dreamweaver
    • D. TurboCad

  • 13. Which of the following software products is most appropriate for plotting out your company’s corporate strategy?

    • A. Microsoft Project
    • B. Front Page
    • C. Business Plan Pro
    • D. Visio

  • 14. Which of the following is a correct association between a vendor and an operating system?

    • A. Redhat ? Linux
    • B. AT&T ? MS DOS
    • C. Microsoft ? Unix
    • D. Novell ? Linux

  • 15. Which of the following is an example of a real-time operating system?

    • A. Lynx
    • B. MS DOS
    • C. Windows XP
    • D. Symbian

  • 16. A speech recognition system’s codebook values are matched against a database of ____________ as an early step in word construction.

    • A. phonemes
    • B. codes
    • C. samples
    • D. words

  • 17. A ____________ is a small program that helps to automate a frequently used series of commands in most productivity software tools.

    • A. template
    • B. macro
    • C. utility
    • D. wizard

  • 18. The category of operating system that you most likely have running on your PDA computer is a ____________ operating system.

    • A. real-time
    • B. single-user, single-task
    • C. single-user, multi-task
    • D. multi-user, multi-task

  • 19. Use of icons and windows are characteristic of a ____________ interface.

    • A. command-driven
    • B. windows-oriented
    • C. graphical-user
    • D. menu-driven

  • 20. User actions such as keystrokes or mouse clicks are referred to as:

    • A. interrupts.
    • B. tasks.
    • C. events.
    • D. processes.

  • 21. A spooler is a:

    • A. location in memory that maintains the contents of a document until it prints out.
    • B. queue of print jobs that are waiting to print.
    • C. program that coordinates the print jobs that are waiting to process.
    • D. message sent from the printer to the operating system when a print job is completed.

  • 22. A real-time operating system is most likely to be used for which of the following tasks?

    • A. Controlling access to a shared printer in a network
    • B. Ensuring that the system clock works correctly on a server
    • C. Managing the access to system files in a laptop computer
    • D. Controlling the fuel injection system of an automobile engine

  • 23. The Basic Input/Output system resides in:

    • A. RAM.
    • B. ROM.
    • C. the CPU.
    • D. memory cache.

  • 24. The purpose of a swap (or page) file is to:

    • A. maintain pages of documents that are being spooled to the printer.
    • B. hold a program’s data or instructions in virtual memory when it can’t fit in RAM.
    • C. prevent thrashing in a multi-tasking environment.
    • D. allow multiple print jobs to print their pages out simultaneously.

  • 25. When talking to a speech recognition program, the program divides each second of your speech into 100 separate:

    • A. phonemes.
    • B. codes.
    • C. samples.
    • D. words.

  • 26. The MS-DOS operating system is a:

    • A. graphical user interface, single-tasking operating system.
    • B. graphical user interface, multi-tasking operating system.
    • C. command-driven interface, single-tasking operating system.
    • D. command-driven interface, multi-tasking operating system.

  • 27. A table is a collection of:

    • A. files.
    • B. worksheets.
    • C. fields.
    • D. records.

  • 28. The program that is responsible for loading the operating system into RAM is the:

    • A. BIOS.
    • B. bootstrap program.
    • C. device driver.
    • D. supervisor program.

  • 29. Which of the following is NOT an advantage of open-source operating systems over proprietary versions?

    • A. Free use and distribution
    • B. Availability of technical support
    • C. Availability of source code
    • D. Ability to modify code

  • 30. The essential difference between an operating system like Linux and one like Windows is that:

    • A. Windows can run with an Intel processor, whereas Linux cannot.
    • B. Linux is proprietary, whereas Windows is not.
    • C. any programmer can modify Linux code, which is not permitted with Windows.
    • D. there are multiple versions of Linux, but only one version of Windows.

  • 31. Common functions and routines that need to be executed by many computer programs can be made available via a(n) ____________, which prevents the necessity for programmers to duplicate the effort of writing the same type of code.

    • A. utility program
    • B. system kernel
    • C. BIOS directory
    • D. application program interface

  • 32. Microsoft Office is an example of a(n):

    • A. software suite.
    • B. open-source product.
    • C. integrated software application.
    • D. business-management application.

  • 33. Virtual memory is typically located:

    • A. in RAM.
    • B. in the CPU.
    • C. in a flash card.
    • D. on the hard disk.

  • 34. An interrupt handler is a:

    • A. location in memory that keeps track of recently generated interrupts.
    • B. hardware device that manages the interrupts generated by peripheral units.
    • C. utility program that communicates interrupts to the operating system.
    • D. special numeric code that indicates the priority of an interrupt.

  • 35. An essential difference between the operating system that runs a typical desktop computer and the operating system that runs a typical PDA is that:

    • A. the desktop OS has a graphical user interface whereas the PDA OS does not.
    • B. the desktop OS can run several programs simultaneously whereas the PDA OS cannot.
    • C. the desktop OS manages hardware resources whereas the PDA OS does not.
    • D. the desktop computer has an OS whereas a PDA does not.

  • 36. In a database of employees, all the information about a particular person would constitute a:

    • A. file.
    • B. record.
    • C. field.
    • D. table.

  • 37. Small business owners who want software to assist in managing accounts payable and receivable will likely use which of the following software products?

    • A. QuickBooks
    • B. Business Plan Pro
    • C. Quicken
    • D. Microsoft Project

  • 38. If you are using a template in a productivity software application, you are most likely trying to:

    • A. assign a basic theme or structure to the file with which you are working.
    • B. perform a series of steps in a time-efficient manner.
    • C. gain assistance in performing complicated tasks.
    • D. combine different documents together to form a single integrated whole.

  • 39. The category of software most appropriate for controlling the design and layout of complex documents like newsletters and brochures is:

    • A. word processing.
    • B. computer-aided design.
    • C. Web page authoring.
    • D. desktop publishing.

  • 40. The category of operating system that you most likely have running on your desktop or laptop computer at home is a ____________ operating system.

    • A. real-time
    • B. single-user, single-task
    • C. single-user, multi-task
    • D. multi-user, multi-task

  • 41. The smallest unit of information in a database is called a:

    • A. byte.
    • B. record.
    • C. field.
    • D. cell.

  • 42. When you start up the computer, the boot-up stage at which the BIOS version, manufacturer, and data are displayed on the monitor is called:

    • A. bootstrap.
    • B. power-on self test.
    • C. system configuration.
    • D. kernel loading.

  • 43. Which of the following is the correct sequence of actions that take place during the boot-up process?

    • A. Load operating system ? Activate BIOS ? Perform POST ? Check configuration settings
    • B. Activate BIOS ? Perform POST ? Load operating system ? Check configuration settings
    • C. Perform POST ? Load operating system ? Activate BIOS ? Check configuration settings
    • D. Activate BIOS ? Check configuration settings ? Perform POST ? Load operating system

  • 44. When a peripheral device needs immediate attention from the operating system, it generates a(n):

    • A. interrupt.
    • B. spool.
    • C. stack.
    • D. page file.

  • 45. Which of the following was an early desktop operating system that included an integrated graphic user interface with point-and-click features?

    • A. MS-DOS
    • B. Mac OS
    • C. Unix
    • D. Gnome

  • 46. Drawing flow charts, block diagrams, and other technical graphics is best accomplished using which of the following software products?

    • A. Jasc Paint Shop Pro
    • B. Microsoft Visio
    • C. Macromedia Dreamweaver
    • D. Adobe Illustrator

  • 47. Communication between the operating system and a peripheral device such as a CD-ROM drive or a printer is facilitated by a(n):

    • A. spooler.
    • B. network card.
    • C. device driver.
    • D. application program interface.

  • 48. All of the following are tasks performed by the operating system EXCEPT:

    • A. managing hardware on the computer.
    • B. controlling the access that application programs have to the CPU.
    • C. performing housekeeping tasks like file compression and disk defragmentation.
    • D. providing an interface for users to interact with the computer.

  • 49. Part of the POST process is to ensure that the test of essential peripheral devices coincides with the hardware configurations that are stored in:

    • A. ROM.
    • B. the hard drive.
    • C. CMOS.
    • D. cache memory.

  • 50. The ____________ operating system was initially created in the early 1970s at AT&T’s Bell Labs.

    • A. Linux
    • B. DOS
    • C. Unix
    • D. GNU