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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 12.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Chaotic looking numbers may have simplistic algorithms but why are many difficult to determine?
(a) The number is too difficult to compress through computation.
(b) The number is too complex.
(c) Because they are not computable.
(d) It is impossible to work back from the number to find them.

2. While working on plans for this "analytical engine," Babbage struck an acquaintance with what individual?
(a) John Simpson.
(b) Isaac Newton.
(c) Lord Byron.
(d) Ada Lovelace.

3. What process can measure the limits of the human mind?
(a) Psychoanalytical evaluation.
(b) Information technology.
(c) Knowledge management.
(d) Information theory.

4. Norbert Weiner developed a theory that had implications for the understanding of what system of the human body which might be thought of as a system of switches and signals.
(a) The respiratory system.
(b) The artillery system.
(c) The circulatory system.
(d) The nervous system.

5. What can the amount of information in a message be expressed in?
(a) By its integral number.
(b) By the computation that produces it.
(c) By the algorithm that produces it.
(d) By the bits it contains.

Short Answer Questions

1. What time of memory is most limited?

2. How was the machine created by Charles Babbage received?

3. Why is the randomness of numbers difficult to define?

4. What did Shannon bring to one of his meetings?

5. A psychologist named George Miller noticed that people seem to be able to easily remember up to how many items at a time?

(see the answer key)

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