The PC Quiz

Test your knowledge on the IBM-PC and IBM history with this page.

IBM History

IBM was founded by which of the following?

  1. Thomas Watson
  2. Herman Hollerith
  3. Willis Carrier
  4. Henry Ford

What was IBM originally called?

  1. The Computing Company
  2. Tabulation Corporation
  3. Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company
  4. Tabulation and Recording Company

When was IBM originally founded?

  1. 1902
  2. 1911
  3. 1929
  4. 1959

What was the task which the founder of IBM's tabulating machine was responsible for?

  1. Social Security Act
  2. 1910 US Census
  3. Patriot Act
  4. 1890 US Census

What was IBM's official "motto", as formed by Thomas Watson?

  1. Work.
  2. Change.
  3. Think Different.
  4. Think.

A supercomputer, made in part by IBM, was used for this system in national defense during the early cold war.

  1. SAGE
  2. NWED
  3. Texas Towers
  4. SABRE

This computer was the cheapest computer to hit the market when it was introduced. What was the computer, and what year was it introduced?

  1. PS/2 - 1987
  2. PC - 1981
  3. 1401 - 1959
  4. System/360 - 1964

Where was the above computer designed and manufactured?

  1. New York City, NY
  2. Boca Raton, FL
  3. Endicott, NY
  4. San Jose, CA

What was the name of the famous typewriter introduced by IBM which jammed less? Used a unique "type-ball."

  1. Selectric
  2. Typeletric
  3. Typemaster
  4. Wheelwriter

The PC Years

The first PC was designed in an IBM office located in this city.

  1. Endicott, NY
  2. San Jose, CA
  3. Palo Alto, CA
  4. Boca Raton, FL

The first PC was designed by a team led by this man

  1. Thomas Watson, Jr.
  2. Bill Gates
  3. Don Estridge
  4. Steve Jobs

The PC was marketed by an actor portraying this silent-film star

  1. Charlie Chaplin
  2. Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.
  3. Harold Lloyd
  4. Rudolph Valentino

The PC-XT was introduced in this year.

  1. 1981
  2. 1982
  3. 1983
  4. 1984

This PC was introduced as an attempt to enter the home market to compete with Apple, Commodore, and Atari. This model featured cartridge ports, a wireless chiclet-style keyboard, and was easier to expand. It was manufactured by Teledyne in Lewisburg, Tennessee for IBM.

  1. PC-XT
  2. PC Convertible
  3. PS/2
  4. PCjr

Introduced in 1986, this was the first truly "portable" PC introduced by IBM, to compete with Compaq. Considered a commercial failure.

  1. PC Convertible
  2. ThinkPad
  3. P70
  4. Note

This line of computers succeeded the PC line. It was introduced in 1987 and lasted into the mid-1990s.

  1. PS/2
  2. PS/1
  3. ThinkPad
  4. ThinkCentre

As an improvement on the earlier IBM portables, from 1986 and 1989, IBM introduced this line of computers in 1992. It is still made today, albeit by a different company since 2005. (This webpage was written on one.)

  1. ThinkPack
  2. ThinkCentre
  3. ThinkPad
  4. PC Convertible

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