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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. How does Wikipedia differ from the Encyclopedia Britannica?
(a) It is collaborative and descriptive but not authoritative.
(b) It is not reliable.
(c) It contains questionable material.
(d) It is collaborative and descriptive but not up to date.

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

3. What is the advantage of using quantum particles in the place of bits?
(a) A quantum computer would be more efficient.
(b) A quantum computer that can have many states at once.
(c) A quantum computer could store more information.
(d) A quantum computer could process data much faster.

4. Why is modern society in information overload?
(a) Companies and people fear litigation.
(b) Electronic information is easier to store than physical information.
(c) Storing data on computers makes history writing easier.
(d) The expectation today is that all information should be preserved.

5. What about DNA allows it to split and replicate?
(a) Its shape.
(b) Its size.
(c) Its strength.
(d) Its innate energy.

Short Answer Questions

1. What claim did Shannon make about the predictable redundancy of the English language?

2. How much information does the universe hold?

3. Why is the belief in God an enduring one?

4. What library once helped writing from all over the known world?

5. What did Chaitin determine about most numbers?

Short Essay Questions

1. Norbert Weiner based his theory on what system of the human body?

2. What was John von Neumann's theory on energy cost and how did Rolf Landauer disprove that concept?

3. What are examples of memes?

4. What are major differences between Wikipedia and the Encyclopedia Brittanica?

5. When was the term "cybernetics" coined and what meaning was attached to it?

6. When was the existence of DNA discovered and by whom?

7. How did Erwin Schrodinger used the concept of "entropy"?

8. What did psychologist George Miller discover about a person's ability to remember?

9. The connection of information with entropy and the physical realm was important to what physics discipline?

10. What is the relationship between man and his memes?

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