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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. A psychologist named George Miller noticed that people seem to be able to easily remember up to how many items at a time?
(a) Five.
(b) Seven.
(c) Twelve.
(d) Ten.

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

3. How are memes replicated?
(a) Through cloning.
(b) Through imitation.
(c) In response to disease.
(d) Through the maturation process.

4. What is DNA also known as?
(a) Deoxyribonucleic acid.
(b) Cells.
(c) Defining neutrino acid.
(d) Amino acid.

5. 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 nervous system.
(b) The artillery system.
(c) The respiratory system.
(d) The circulatory system.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does the size of the algorithm indicate about the number?

3. How does heat travel?

4. Why are people able to recall the name of a tune?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What was found to be the make-up of DNA and what did these properties allow?

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

3. What was Erwin Schrodinger's theory about "genes"?

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. How did Gregory Chaitin characterize random numbers?

7. What was the original meaning of the term "entropy"?

8. What estimates did Seth Lloyd, a quantum engineer at MIT, make about the power of the universe?

9. What has research shown about entangled particles and the transference of information?

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

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