Midterm Exam 2



Writing Assignments


News Items


50 multiple choice questions. Approximate breakdown:

Textbook and writing assignments 70%
Multimedia and news 30%

Sample Questions

Chapter 6: Privacy and the Government

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has to do with Answer: p. 278 (note: page numbers taken from Quinn, 7th edition)

After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the U.S. Congress passed this legislation, which gave federal law enforcement and intelligence officials greater authority to monitor communications.

Answer: p. 288

Chapter 7: Computer and Network Security

The Internet worm was released by Answer: p. 328+

A program with a benign capability that conceals another, sinister purpose is called a

Answer: p. 336

Chapter 8: Computer Reliability

The Patriot missile system Answer: p. 368–9

Computers that process data from sensors as events occur are called

Answer: p. 372

Chapter 9: Professional Ethics

The process giving someone the legal right to practice a profession is called Answer: p. 409

A mature profession insists that its members complete an initial professional education. The process by which the profession assures that this formal course work meets its standards is called

Answer: p. 415

Chapter 10: Work and Wealth

According to Max Weber, the growth of capitalism was stimulated by a new attitude toward work brought about by Answer: p. 457

Artificial intelligence is the field of computer science and engineering that focuses on ways to get machines to exhibit

Answer: p. 465

Exam coverage of multimedia and news is intended to evaluate whether you paid attention to them and comprehended their historical and ethical significance. For example:


In his TED talk, cybersecurity specialist James Lyne demonstrates this kind of attack on his website IncrediblyHacked.com.

In his TED talk, cybersecurity expert Mikko Hypponen asserts that NSA surveillance must be countered by creating tech solutions that are not based in the U.S., and this can be accomplished through