Technology Quiz Questions and Answers
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- The current richest man in the world Jeff Bezos is CEO and President of which online retailer?
- Which social media app only lets you view pictures and messages for a limited time?
- What does a Geiger Counter measure?
- Which prestigious university did Microsoft founder Bill Gates drop out of?
- What year did the first Apple iPhone launch?
- What unit of length is equal to around 5.8 trillion miles?
- What does CPU stand for?
- Created in 1990, what was the name of the first internet search engine?
- In which decade was the Sony Walkman launched?
- Was electronics company Nintendo founded in 1889, 1946 or 1975?
- From 2017 onwards, how many characters long can tweets be?
- What is the name of Elon Musk’s aerospace company?
- Which duo invented the aeroplane?
- What is the name of the classic 1972 arcade game based on table tennis?
- What does the term LASER stand for?
- What does LG stand for in LG Electronics?
- Solar power generates electricity from what source?
- What is the name of the British computer scientist who invented the World Wide Web in 1989?
- Originally Amazon only sold which product?
- In what year was the first transatlantic radio broadcast?
- Light Year
- Central Processing Unit
- 1889 (Yes, really)
- 280 characters
- The Wright Brothers – Orville and Wilbur Wright
- Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation
- The Sun
- Tim Berners-Lee
COMPUTERS AND TECHNOLOGY – Technology Quiz Questions Part 1
Computer chips host websites composed of HTML and send text messages as simple as…LOL. Hack into this quiz and let a chip tally your score and reveal the contents on your computer screen.
1) How many computer languages are in use?
There are about 2,000 computer languages in active use, whereas there were only 15 in use in 1970.
2) Which of these is not an early computer?
NASA stands for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. It is an agency of the U.S. government.
3) Who founded Apple Computer?
A) Stephen Fry
B) Bill Gates
C) Steve Jobs
D) Stephen Hawking
Answer: Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer with Steve Wozniak and another partner in 1976. Jobs became the chairman and CEO of Apple in 1996.
4) Which of these is not a peripheral, in computer terms?
A peripheral is a device that attaches to a computer. The motherboard is within the computer and controls its ability to receive and process electronic signals.
5) Which of the following is not one of the early “protocols,” or ways to use the Internet?
The early use of the Internet relied on protocols for transferring files or remote control of other terminals. Blogging did not emerge until later, in the 1990s.
6) What does the Internet prefix WWW stand for?
A) Wide Width Wickets
B) World Wide Web
C) Worldwide Weather
D) Western Washington World
Answer: World Wide Web
The World Wide Web dramatically increased the use of the Internet. Tim Berners-Lee established the convention in 1989.
7) A network designed to allow communication within an organization is called:
A) the World Wide Web
C) an intranet
D) the Internet
Answer: an intranet
An intranet is a private computer network, usually within an organization or group and is limited to its members for sharing information.
8) Which of these is not a kind of computer?
A Lada is a kind of car manufactured in Russia. The others are brands of computers sold worldwide.
9) Which of these products is not made by the Apple Corporation?
The IMAX, which stands for “Image Maximum,” is a large-screen motion picture technology invented in Canada.
10) What is the name for a computer pointing device?
A) A Mouse
B) Sound Card
Answer: A Mouse
A mouse allows a computer user to move to different parts of the screen without a keyboard.
ELECTRONICS & GADGETS QUIZ – Technology Quiz Questions Part 2
Who is the maker of the iPhone? In what year was the DVD introduced? The iPod? Scan these questions and test your knowledge of electronics and gadgets.
11) Who invented flexible photographic film?
A) Leonardo da Vinci
B) Linda Eastman
C) Louis Daguerre
D) George Eastman
Answer: George Eastman
In the late 1800s the U.S. inventor George Eastman invented flexible film and a small, easy-to-use camera. These made it possible for anyone to take photographs.
12) When did the compact disc first appear on the market?
Compact discs that stored sound were introduced in 1982. By the mid-1980s new discs called CD-ROMs could store pictures and computer programs.
13) When was the DVD introduced?
The DVD, which means “digital video disc” or “digital versatile disc,” appeared in 1995. DVDs are often used to store movies.
14) Who is the maker of the iPhone?
Apple Computer is the maker of the iPhone. The telephone and miniature computer first went on sale in 2007.
15) To which of these devices is the cellular telephone most closely related?
C) Light bulb
The cellular telephone carries voice, text, and other digital signals via radio waves, like a two-way police radio.
16) Which of these is a file format for digital images?
With JPEG, a digital image can be compressed to 5 percent of its original size, making it easy to transfer electronically and store.
17) What does fiber optic cable resemble, in terms of size?
C) Telephone wire
D) Human hair
Answer: human hair
A fiber optic cable is about as big around as a human hair but can carry more information than a much larger electrical wire.
18) Which of these is not a telephone?
An iPod is a music-listening device. It lacks a phone. Its cousin, the iPhone, has a telephone built in.
MILITARY TECHNOLOGY QUIZ – Technology Quiz Questions Part 3
What did Patton call “the greatest battle implement ever devised”? What is the oldest still-floating commissioned warship in the world? Test your knowledge. Take this quiz.
19) Which World War II weapon did U.S. General George S. Patton call “the greatest battle implement ever devised”?
A) Garand rifle
C) Sherman tank
D) Colt .45 pistol
Answer: Garand rifle
After 17 years of work, John C. Garand came up with a gas-operated weapon of .30-inch calibre that was 43 inches (109 cm) long yet weighed only 9.5 pounds (4.3 kg). His rifle was fed from an eight-round clip. Adopted in 1936, the Garand rifle (also called the M1 rifle) became the first standard-issue autoloading infantry rifle in the world. U.S. General George S. Patton called the M1 “the greatest battle implement ever devised.”
20) Who was responsible for some of the earliest, widely influential development of military rockets?
A) Elon Musk
B) Hermann Oberth
C) William Congreve
D) Robert Hutchings Goddard
Answer: William Congreve
Sir William Congreve, an English artillery officer and inventor born in 1772, made great advances in black-powder rockets. He gradually improved his rockets’ range and accuracy, leading many European countries to form rocket corps, usually attached to artillery units. The Congreve rocket, first used in 1806, were made obsolete by improved artillery and ordnance.
21) What was the most successful vertical and short take-off and landing, or V/STOL, jet developed during the 1950s–1970s?
The Harrier, a single-engine, “jump-jet” fighter-bomber, was the most successful vertical and short take-off and landing, or V/STOL, jet developed during the 1950s–1970s. The Sea Harrier saw combat in the British campaign during the Falkland Islands War of 1982. A version built for the U.S. Marines was used for both air defense and support of ground forces.
22) Which ballistic missile, fitted to submarines beginning in 1979, became the principal sea-based nuclear weapon of the United States?
Under development from the late 1960s, the Trident missile developed into two models: the Trident I, or C-4, and the Triden II, or D-5. Beginning in 1979, Trident I missiles were fitted aboard older U.S. Poseidon-carrying submarines and newer Ohio-class vessels, which were built with larger missile tubes designed to accommodate the Trident II in the 1990s. It became the principal sea-based nuclear weapon of the United States.
23) The launching of which naval vessel started a race to produce turbine-powered “all-big-gun” warships?
HMS Dreadnought was a British battleship launched in 1906. Its four propeller shafts, powered by steam turbines instead of the traditional steam pistons, gave it an unprecedented top speed of 21 knots. Dreadnought carried a single-calibre main armament of 10 12-inch guns in five twin turrets. The Dreadnought immediately made all preceding battleships obsolete, but by World War I it was obsolescent itself, having been outclassed by faster “superdreadnoughts” carrying bigger guns.
24) Which two aeronautical engineers, serving opposing sides during World War II, independently invented the jet engine?
A) Frank Whittle and Hans Joachim Pabst von Ohain
B) Aleksandr Yakovlev and Wernher von Braun
C) Leroy Randle Grumman and Ernst Heinrich Heinkel
D) Geoffrey de Havilland and Willy Messerschmitt
Answer: Frank Whittle and Hans Joachim Pabst von Ohain
While still a cadet at the Royal Air Force College, Cranwell, in 1928, Englishman Frank Whittle advanced the idea of replacing the piston engine and propeller with a gas turbine, and in the following year he conceived the turbojet, which linked a compressor, combustion chamber, and turbine in the same duct. Unaware of Whittle’s work, three German engineers independently arrived at the same concept: Hans Joachim Pabst von Ohain in 1933; Herbert Wagner, chief structural engineer for Hugo Junkers, in 1934; and government aerodynamicist Helmut Schelp in 1937. Whittle had a running bench model by the spring of 1937, but backing from industrialist Ernst Heinrich Heinkel gave von Ohain the lead. The He 178, the first jet-powered aircraft, flew on August 27, 1939, nearly two years before its British equivalent, the Gloster E.28/39, on May 15, 1941.
25) What is the oldest still-floating commissioned warship in the world?
A) HMS Victory
B) HMS Warrior
C) USS Missouri
D) USS Constitution
Answer: USS Constitution
One of the first frigates built for the U.S. Navy, the Constitution was launched in Boston, Massachusetts, on October 21, 1797; it is the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat. (The HMS Victory is older  but is preserved in a drydock at Portsmouth, England.)
26) Which early U.S. and Soviet jet fighters engaged in history’s first large-scale jet fighter combat?
A) F-86 Sabres and MiG-15s
B) P-51 Mustangs and MiG-3s
C) F-4 Phantom IIs and MiG-21s
D) F-104 Starfighters and MiG-17s
Answer: F-86 Sabres and MiG-15s
In December 1950, U.S. pilots flying F-86s began history’s first large-scale jet fighter combat against Soviet-built MiG-15s in Korea. Though inferior to the MiG-15 in weight of armament, turn radius, and maximum speed at combat altitude, the F-86 quickly established supremacy over its Soviet adversary, in part because of its superior handling characteristics.
27) What did Lieutenant Jan J. Wichers of the Dutch navy invent in 1933 when he advanced the idea of supplying air to submarine diesel engines through a tube?
A) the supercharger
B) Fuel injection
C) the snorkel
D) the periscope
Answer: the snorkel
A notable German submarine development of World War II was the schnorchel device (Anglicized by the U.S. Navy to “snorkel”). Its invention is credited to a Dutch officer, Lieutenant Jan J. Wichers, who in 1933 advanced the idea of a breathing tube to supply fresh air to a submarine’s diesel engines while it was running submerged. The Royal Netherlands Navy began using snorkels in 1936, and some fell into German hands in 1940.
28) Which weapon, commonly employed by urban guerrilla fighters, is known in Russian as the Ruchnoy Protivotankovy Granatomet?
B) Surface-to-air missile
C) Land mine
Following World War II, the Soviet military perfected the recoil-less launch mechanism in their Ruchnoy Protivotankovy Granatomet 2 (RPG-2), a “Light Antitank Grenade Launcher” featuring a reusable launcher that lobbed an 82-mm shaped-charge warhead more than 150 metres. After 1962, with their RPG-7, they combined recoil-less launch with a rocket sustainer to deliver a 2.3-kg (5-pound) warhead to targets beyond 500 metres. The Soviet RPGs became powerful weapons in the hands of guerrillas and irregular fighters in conflict against more conventionally armed and heavily armoured forces.
29) What was given the nickname “Stalin Organ”?
A) Katyusha rocket launcher
B) Red Army radio
C) Myasishchev M-4
D) first Soviet hydrogen bomb
Answer: Katyusha rocket launcher
Soviet rocket development during World War II was limited. The Soviets mass-produced a 130-mm rocket known as the Katyusha. From 16 to 48 Katyushas were fired from a boxlike launcher known as the Stalin Organ, mounted on a gun carriage.
30) What fighter plane of World War II came out of a design for a racing seaplane?
A) F6F Hellcat
B) SBD Dauntless
In 1925 a revolutionary aircraft design appeared—the S.4 seaplane designed by R.J. Mitchell of the British Supermarine Company. A wooden monoplane with unbraced wings, the S.4 set new standards for streamlining. It was the progenitor of a series of monoplanes that won the coveted Schneider Trophy three times. The last of these, the S.6B, powered by a liquid-cooled Rolls-Royce racing engine with in-line cylinders, later raised the world speed record to more than 640 km (400 miles) per hour. The S.6B’s tapered fuselage and broad, thin, elliptical wings were clearly evident in Mitchell’s later and most famous design, the Spitfire.
31) In 1937 Andrey Nikolayevich Tupolev was arrested by the Soviet secret police but was allowed to earn his freedom by designing what instruments of war?
D) Machine guns
In 1937 Andrey Nikolayevich Tupolev, one of the Soviet Union’s foremost aircraft designers, was arrested on charges of activities against the state. Following his imprisonment, he was placed in charge of a team that was to design military aircraft. From this came the Tu-2, a twin-engine bomber that saw wide use in World War II and earned Tupolev his freedom and a Stalin Prize.
Technology Quizzes and Answers
Tech Quiz I
- Which multimedia messaging app created by Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy, and Reggie Brown, has pictures and messages which are only available for a short time before they become inaccessible?
- In electronics, what is a PCB?
- As of 2017, the Microsoft logo has four coloured squares which represents its four major products; name these four products?
- By which four letter acronym do we know the program that the microprocessor uses to get computer systems started when first switched on?
- Which technology was named after the nickname of Denmak and Norway’s 10th century king, Harald Gormsson?
- What does proprietary document file RTF stand for?
- Tux the penguin is the mascot of which computer operating system?
- Which keyboard letter do we press with the ‘control’ button to undo an action?
- What is Pierre Omidyar’s biggest claim to fame?
- Name the new web browser that has replaced Internet Explorer as Microsoft’s default web browser in Windows 10?
- Which high-strength material, which was first used as a replacement for steel in racing tires, was developed by Stephanie Kwolek in 1965?
- An atomic pile was an early name for what?
- Which company comercially released the world’s first compact disc player in 1982?
- Which Microsoft product replaced Lotus 1-2-3 as the industry standard for spreadsheets?
- Which umbrella term is used to refer to a variety of forms of intrusive computer software including viruses, spyware, worms, and Trojan horses?
- What did Apple ditch on their iPhone 7?
- Printed circuit board
- Windows (blue), Office (red), Xbox (green) and Bing (yellow)
- BIOS (basic input/output system)
- Rich Text Format
- The letter ‘Z’
- Ebay – he launched ebay in 1995
- Microsoft Edge
- A nuclear reactor
- The headphone jack (listeners will use Bluetooth wireless headphones)
Tech Quiz II
- Which personal home computer, released in the UK in 1982, was referred to during development as the ZX81 Colour and ZX82?
- What name was given to the group of 19th century English textile workers who destroyed weaving machinery as a form of protest; over time, the term has come to mean one opposed to new technologies?
- What did Apple’s 2007 iPhone really cement as standard?
- What does the acronym USB stand for?
- Which music, video streaming and podcast service was officially launched in October 2008?
- By what name do we know the smileys and ideograms used in Web pages and electronic messages?
- What sort of address is the unique number that identifies a computer on the Internet?
- In 2017, Samsung overtook which Silicon Valley company as the largest semiconductor chip maker in the world?
- In 1976, Steve Jobs founded Apple with which other Steve?
- What name do we call a network that allows communication within an organization or business?
- Which invention is often credited to radar technician Douglas Engelbart in the 1960s?
- Which Google operating system, unveiled in 2007, is designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices?
- Which company that provides commercial web traffic analytics and data was acquired by Amazon in 1999?
- In computing and mathematics, what name is given to a self-contained sequence of actions to be performed?
- Which question-and-answer site was co-founded by two former Facebook employees in 2010?
- Which 2 seat electric city car designed by Renault was the best selling European plug-in electric vehicle during 2012?
- ZX Spectrum
- Universal Serial Bus
- IP address (Internet Protocol address)
- Steve Wozniak
- Computer mouse
- The Renault Twizy