The Soul of a New Machine Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does 'give me a core dump' mean?

2. What signal is Jon Blau in charge of?

3. Where was Firth born?

4. What does Wallach think of North Carolina?

5. What is the number on Alsing's security badge?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the weekly meetings Tom has with Wallach, Alsing, and Rasala.

2. Describe Rasala.

3. What made Alsing think that Holland was ideal for writing microcode?

4. Why does a company use cubicles?

5. How does a computer appear to make sophisticated decisions?

6. How does West react to the time constraints on Eagle?

7. How is competition used as a management strategy in companies such as Data General and IBM? Is this a good strategy?

8. Describe the game Adventure.

9. How does Tom change? When and why does he change?

10. What is the importance of the 32-bit computer?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay that explains a well-known concept or strategy in business management. Be sure to address:

1) How this management strategy relates to the events of The Soul of a New Machine by Tracy Kidder.

2) Why this management strategy or concept is successful.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay explaining the importance of computers in modern society. Be sure to address:

1) Any concerns or problems with our current level of computer use.

2) Whether your level of computer dependency is higher or lower than the average.

3) How our computer use may look in the future.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay that describes an original design plan for a new computer game. Do your best to learn and follow professional guidelines for video game design proposals.

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