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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the name of Firth's wife?
(a) Lynn.
(b) Linette.
(c) Laura.
(d) Linda.

2. What does Firth have a hard time remembering?
(a) The way to the office.
(b) His phone number.
(c) His anniversary.
(d) His wife's birthday.

3. What does UINST mean?
(a) Uninstall.
(b) Micro Instruction Set.
(c) User Instance.
(d) Universal Installer.

4. What is different between Westborough and the 'real world?'
(a) Language.
(b) Insecurity.
(c) Privacy.
(d) Culture.

5. What is MULTICS?
(a) A plan for hacking into time-sharing systems.
(b) A plan to expand time-sharing systems into a dominant market position.
(c) A plan for making time-sharing systems secure.
(d) A plan to end time-sharing systems for good.

6. What is the suicide command?
(a) Kill me.
(b) Suicide.
(c) Kill self.
(d) Axe me.

7. Where was Firth born?
(a) Maine.
(b) Westborough.
(c) Chicago.
(d) Canada.

8. What is Westborough's first defense against thieves?
(a) Cameras on the rooftop.
(b) Security guards everywhere.
(c) A checkpoint and metal detector in the lobby.
(d) The vigilance of all employees.

9. What part of the project comes after assembling the prototypes?
(a) Beta testing.
(b) Debugging.
(c) Focus groups.
(d) Clinical trials.

10. What new class of computer has DG not responded to?
(a) The 8-bit pocket computer.
(b) The 32-bit supermini.
(c) The 64-bit ultralight.
(d) The 16-bit games console.

11. What do you learn after working at Data General for any period of time?
(a) That working for Data General is Hell.
(b) Nothing ever happens unless you push it.
(c) Everything happens for a reason.
(d) There is no such thing as a coincidence.

12. What did West start out calling Eagle?
(a) Cash cow.
(b) Canard.
(c) Insurance.
(d) Kludge.

13. How much does it cost to manufacture a VAX?
(a) $435,300.
(b) $500.
(c) More than $100,000.
(d) $22,500.

14. How many assembly language instructions does the Eclipse contain?
(a) 195.
(b) 420.
(c) 390.
(d) 101.

15. What do computers manipulate directly?
(a) Symbols.
(b) Governments.
(c) Systems.
(d) Numbers.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Trixie like to do?

2. How does Data General handle money?

3. What Star Wars character is Wallach compared to?

4. Where did Tom work after finishing college?

5. What does de Castro want?

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