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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How did the telegraph advance weather forecasting?
(a) Weather reports could be sent all over the world.
(b) Larger patterns of weather could be learned.
(c) Weather disruptions could be detected when sending messages.
(d) Lightning in the air could be detected by the operation of the telegraph.

2. What was provided in "A Table Alphabeticall"?
(a) New words.
(b) The history of alphabets.
(c) Word meanings.
(d) Alphabets of the world.

3. There was no "looking up" of information prior to what invention?
(a) Pen and ink.
(b) Publishing houses.
(c) Writing.
(d) Printing machines.

4. An alphabetical list did not take what element of the word into account at all, but mechanically placed it in a slot based on the order of the letters?
(a) Its relevance.
(b) Its popularity.
(c) Its meaning.
(d) Its importance.

5. Who first defined the concept of "bandwith"?
(a) Albert Einstein.
(b) Harry Nyquist.
(c) Samuel Morse.
(d) Alexander Graham Bell.

6. Seventeenth numerical tables were set up so that what factor could be learned about each number?
(a) Pi.
(b) The logarithm.
(c) The base number.
(d) The square root.

7. What did Alan Turing reduce human thought to?
(a) Numbers.
(b) Its basic elements.
(c) 0s and 1s.
(d) Symbols.

8. Why did Lovelace publish her mathematical arguments anonymously?
(a) Women were not expected to engage in scientific or academic efforts.
(b) She didn't want to embarrass her father.
(c) She didn't want to appear more intelligent than Babbage.
(d) She wasn't sure her arguments were correct.

9. How did Bertrand Russell address conflicting results produced by the Principia Mathematica? the problem of these recursive paradoxes by simply making them against the rules of his formal system.
(a) He implemented exceptions into the system.
(b) He ignored them since they were infrequent.
(c) He made them against the rules.
(d) Russell altered the Principia Mathematica to adjust for conflicting results.

10. Who first thought of constructing a machine that could calculate logarithms?
(a) Issac Newton.
(b) Charles Babbage.
(c) Galileo.
(d) John Napier.

11. What word book by Robert Cawdrey was published first in 1604?
(a) Oxford English Dictionary.
(b) The Written Word.
(c) A Table Alphabeticall.
(d) The English Language.

12. What word book by James Murray was first published in 1879?
(a) Oxford English Dictionary.
(b) The Birth of Writing.
(c) A Table Alphabeticall.
(d) The First Language.

13. Each square of Turing's imaginary machine would have what coding?
(a) Circuitry.
(b) Programming.
(c) Relay switches.
(d) A 0 or a 1.

14. Who invented the telegraph?
(a) Albert Einstein.
(b) Samuel Morse.
(c) Alexander Graham Bell.
(d) Thomas Edison.

15. What was the intent of the Principia Mathematica?
(a) To confirm the theory of gravity.
(b) To prove or disprove quantum consciousness.
(c) To disprove the theory of relativity.
(d) To prove or disprove any statement.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did sub-Saharan African tribes communicate over long distances?

2. Who devised a way to multiply and divide numbers by adding or subtracting their logarithms?

3. What caused the errors that were contained in the tables of logarithms that had to be calculated themselves?

4. Why were there so many message errors with the early telegraph?

5. While working on plans for this "analytical engine," Babbage struck an acquaintance with what individual?

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