Mac, ENIAC or UNIVAC: The Computer History Quiz
by Staff
Computers are so much a part of our daily lives that it's sometimes hard to believe that only 60 years ago, they were rare, massive machines that required 10 men to run. How much do you know about the history of computing?

George Stibitz invented a machine called the CNC and performed the first remote-access computing demonstration on it in 1940. What does CNC stand for?

  • common number computer
  • complex number calculator

In 1943, computer engineers at MIT embarked on an eight-year project to design a flight simulator for the U.S. Navy. What was the project called?

  • Soaring Eagle
  • Whirlwind
  • Flying Aces
  • Tornado
  • Storm King

The Whirlwind debuted on this TV show hosted by Edward R. Murrow.

  • Nova
  • See it Now
  • That's Incredible!

How much floor space did the ENIAC computer, unveiled in 1946, take up?

  • 500 square feet
  • 1,000 square feet
  • 5,000 square feet
  • 10,000 square feet

What was the first commercially produced computer?

  • Zuse Z3
  • ERA 1101
  • Harvard Mark I

This computer, which was used at the U.S. Census Bureau, was the first well-known commercial computer.

  • Sinclair VX80
  • American Supercomputer

CBS News used a UNIVAC computer on Nov. 4, 1952, to predict the outcome of this presidential race.

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt v. Wendell Willkie
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower v. Adlai Stevenson
  • Harry S. Truman v. Thomas E. Dewey

Which of the games below made its debut first?

  • Galaga
  • SpaceWar!
  • Pong
  • Paperboy

Two professors at this college developed the BASIC programming language in 1964.

  • Stanford
  • Iowa State
  • MIT
  • Dartmouth
  • Harvard
  • Northwestern

In what year was the first e-mail sent?

  • 1965
  • 1971
  • 1982

Who designed the Apple I?

  • Bill Gates
  • Steve Jobs
  • Steve Wozniak

What video game did the Apple II come with?

  • Zork
  • Pitfall
  • Space Invaders
  • Pac-man
  • Donkey Kong
  • Breakout
  • Pong

What was the first portable computer?

  • Irving II
  • Sanders I
  • Parker II
  • Osborne I

What's the best-selling computer model of all time?

  • Apple I
  • Apple II
  • Commodore 64
  • Apple Macintosh
  • Radio Shack TRS-80

This computer language, which controlled a mechanical 'turtle,' was developed for children.

  • Linux
  • LOGO
  • Java
  • Pascal
  • C++

Microsoft distributed 450,000 disks of this new product in the November 1983 issue of 'PC World' magazine.

  • PowerPoint
  • Excel
  • Word

What was the first computer with graphical user interface?

  • Commodore PET
  • Amstrad CPC 464
  • Apple Lisa
  • Tandy Color Computer 3

Who designed the Linux operating system?

  • Liam Nuxhall
  • Linus Stromberg
  • Linus Torvalds
  • Lionel Robards

This groundbreaking ultraviolent computer game was released in 1993.

  • Doom
  • Halo
  • Counter-Strike

What was the original name of Yahoo when the company was founded in 1994?

  • All You Need to Know about the Web
  • Find it Now!
  • Search This
  • Hello!
  • Jerry'sGuide to the World Wide Web
  • Go Get It