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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.

2. Before "A Table Alphabeticall", how were most catalogs and word lists arranged?
(a) By order of the philosophers.
(b) By frequency of use.
(c) By topic.
(d) By order of the king's scribe.

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

4. Gleick presents his intention to trace the growth of both the concept of information and information itself by identifying what key elements?
(a) Society and culture.
(b) Origin and reliability of sources.
(c) The people and thinking that contributed to it.
(d) Nation and type of governance.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. A new interest in what pursuit arose following the rise of the telegraph?

2. What word book by James Murray was first published in 1879?

3. 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.

4. What did the written language provide that helped to progress the intellect of mankind?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What impact did the electric telegraph have on the world?

2. While working on plans for this "analytical engine," Babbage struck an acquaintance with what young woman?

3. How was binary code of 0s and 1s which is the foundation for computing first conceived and by whom?

4. How was the "telephone number" born?

5. Who first conceived the idea of a machine that could think and under what circumstances?

6. What innovation was made in the 17th century by Scot mathematician John Napier?

7. What innovative device did Charles Babbage design and build?

8. What are the two "wordbooks" that Gleick refers to in this chapter?

9. Who first at the concept of "bandwith" and in what context was it first conceived?

10. What technological breakthrough resulted from Claude Shannon's theories and work?

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