DOS QUIZ DOCUMENTATION
1. What is DOS Quiz?
2. Running DOS Quiz
3. DOS Quiz Questions
4. Registration Info
WHAT IS DOS QUIZ?
DOS Quiz is a quick and easy way to test anyone on their knowledge of both
basic and advanced DOS commands. The Quiz is completely taken on a DOS
computer. It takes the user through a series of 20 questions, asking the user
to perform tasks in DOS. Out of the 20 questions, 13 are categorized as Basic,
and seven as Advanced.
At the end of the Quiz, a score screen is displayed, which shows a listing
of all of the questions asked, what the main concept of the question was, and
whether the user answered the question correctly or not. The numbers and
percentages of Total, Basic, and Advanced questions answered correctly is also
shown on the score screen.
DOS Quiz may be used to find out who in your office needs work on their DOS
knowledge, or as a screen for new employees. Though not designed to be a DOS
tutor, as it does not cover options supported by many DOS commands and does not
address concepts in, say, directory tree structure or filenames, it can be used
to teach different ways of doing the same task.
RUNNING DOS QUIZ
Running DOS Quiz is really quite simple - all you need to do is type
DOSQUIZ at the DOS prompt and away you go. The program is completely self-
contained, so no outside files are needed. The program is small, so it will run
on nearly any DOS machine.
This implementation of DOS Quiz requires a color monitor. Monochrome
monitors that emulate color monitors (such as b/w VGA) will work fine. The use
of color in the program has been kept to a minimum to allow usage on a wide
range of computers. A true monochrome version is available to anyone who
registers their copy of DOS Quiz.
After typing in DOSQUIZ, an intro screen will appear. After pressing any
key as requested, the user will be prompted for his or her name and Social
Security Number. This is for score-sheet identification purposes. The user is
asked to verify his or her entry. An instruction screen will then appear.
After reading the instructions and pressing any key, the quiz begins.
After finishing 20 questions, the score screen will appear. It may be
printed if there is a printer hooked to the computer's default printer port and
if - is pressed. After pressing any key on the score screen,
the user will be asked if the quiz is to be taken again. This is a Yes or No
question. If Yes, the screen will go back to the Name/SSN screen. If No, then
DOS Quiz will return control to DOS.
If a user does not know the answer to a question, he or she can either
guess or just press ENTER to skip answering. DOS Quiz will mark the question as
being incorrectly answered and move on.
DOS QUIZ QUESTIONS
The following is a listing of all questions asked in DOS Quiz, and their
correct responses. Note that though the "correct" answers are all presented
here in uppercase, all variations of upper and lower case are valid, as in DOS.
1 Log onto a drive - Basic
The user is placed at an A> prompt. The user is asked to log onto a hard drive
installed as drive C. The only correct answer is "C:".
2 Change the DOS Prompt - Advanced
The user is presented with a C> prompt and asked to make the DOS prompt a little
more informative - force the prompt to show the current path and the greater-
than sign. The only correct answer is "PROMPT $P$G".
3 Show a directory listing - Basic
The user is shown a C:\> prompt and asked to type in the command that will show
a listing of the files in the current directory. Valid answers are: "DIR",
"DIR \", "DIR *.*", "DIR .", "DIR .\", "DIR .\*.*", "DIR \*.*", "DIR *", "DIR
.\*", and "DIR \*".
4 Clear the screen - Basic
The user is presented with the output from the DIR command above and asked to
clear the screen using a DOS command. The only correct answer is "CLS".
5 Show/Set the system date - Basic
The user is asked to type in the DOS command that shows you the current system
date. The only correct answer is "DATE". DOS Quiz will show the actual current
system date, assuming it is correct.
6 Display the current DOS version - Advanced
The user is asked to type in the DOS command that will display the version of
DOS currently in use. The only correct answer is "VER".
7 Create a subdirectory - Basic
The user will be asked to create a subdirectory called "QUIZ". DOS Quiz accepts
all valid forms of this command: "MD QUIZ", "MD \QUIZ", "MD .\QUIZ", and all the
preceding commands with the MKDIR command substituting for MD.
8 Change the current working directory - Basic
The user will be asked to change into the QUIZ directory just created. All
valid forms of this command are accepted: "CD QUIZ", "CD \QUIZ", "CD .\QUIZ",
and all of the preceding commands with CHDIR substituted for CD.
9 Copy a file from one directory to another - Basic
The user is asked to copy a file from one directory to the current directory.
The response is broken into three pieces. The first piece must be "COPY". The
second piece can be "\DOC\TEST.DOC" or "..\DOC\TEST.DOC". The third piece is
optional and can be ".", "TEST.DOC", "\QUIZ\TEST.DOC", ".\TEST.DOC", or
"..\QUIZ\TEST.DOC". If no third piece is given, DOS assumes that you want to
create a file of the same name in the current directory.
10 Rename a file - Basic
The user is asked to rename the file TEST.DOC in the current directory to
QUIZ.DOC. The valid entries are: "REN TEST.DOC QUIZ.DOC", "REN .\TEST.DOC
QUIZ.DOC", "REN \QUIZ\TEST.DOC QUIZ.DOC", and "REN ..\QUIZ\TEST.DOC QUIZ.DOC".
The longer form of REN, "RENAME", is also accepted.
11 Show the contents of a file onscreen - Basic
The user is asked to print out the contents of the file QUIZ.DOC to the screen.
The intent is to use the TYPE command in one of the following ways: "TYPE
QUIZ.DOC", "TYPE .\QUIZ.DOC", "TYPE \QUIZ\QUIZ.DOC", or "TYPE
..\QUIZ\QUIZ.DOC". Though the command "COPY QUIZ.DOC CON" will work in DOS, it
is not accepted by DOS Quiz.
12 Delete a file - Basic
The user is asked to delete the file QUIZ.DOC. The valid answers are
"DEL QUIZ.DOC", "DEL .\QUIZ.DOC", and "DEL \QUIZ\QUIZ.DOC". The longer form of
DEL, "ERASE", is also acceptable.
13 Make root directory current directory - Basic
The user is asked to change directories to the root (top) directory. The valid
answers are "CD \" and "CD ..". The Longer form of CD, "CHDIR", is also
14 Remove a directory - Basic
The user is asked to delete the QUIZ directory. The user is told to assume that
the directory is empty. The valid responses are "RD QUIZ", "RD \QUIZ", and
"RD .\QUIZ". The longer form of RD, "RMDIR", is also allowed.
15 Format a diskette - Basic
The user is asked to assume that there is a diskette in drive A. The user is
asked to type the command to format this diskette. The only valid answer is
16 Check a diskette - Advanced
The user is asked to type the command that will check the diskette in drive A.
The only valid answer is "CHKDSK A:".
17 Use F3 to repeat last command - Advanced
The user is asked to press one key that will recall the previous typed command.
The output from the "Check a diskette" question is shown on screen. The only
valid response is to press F3.
18 Copy a like diskette - Advanced
The user is told to copy the diskette in drive A to that in drive B. The user
is told to assume that the two drives are of the same type. The only valid
response is "DISKCOPY A: B:".
19 Show the DOS environment - Advanced
The user is told to type the command that will show all currently set DOS
environment variables. The only correct answer is "SET".
20 Set a DOS environment variable - Advanced
The user is asked to set an environment variable. The only valid response is
DOS QUIZ REGISTRATION
DOSQUIZ is shareware, and I retain all copyrights to the program. If you use
and like DOSQUIZ, I request that you donate $15 to continue to use it. If you
do, and also send a diskette (5 or 3 Double or High density), I will include
any new version of DOSQUIZ, as well as any bonus utilities I have written at
that time. Please enclose an extra $1 to cover postage, and be sure to enclose
If you would like a customized version of DOSQUIZ, please contact me for a quote
on time and cost (if any). Registering your copy of DOS Quiz (and sending a
diskette with your registration) will automatically get you the monochrome
version of DOS Quiz.
RR 1 Box 320
Starksboro, VT 05487-9702
Contact me on CompuServe: ID 73720,3404
THE DOSQUIZ PROGRAM AND THIS MANUAL ARE COPYRIGHTED DOCUMENTS. THE OWNER OF
THE COPYRIGHT GIVES OTHERS PERMISSION TO DISTRIBUTE UNALTERED COPIES OF THE
PROGRAM AND DOCUMENTATION TO OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES. THIS PROGRAM IS NOT IN
THE PUBLIC DOMAIN. IF YOU USE DOSQUIZ, PLEASE PAY THE REGISTRATION FEE. IT
WILL ENSURE CONTINUED GROWTH OF THE PROGRAM FOR ALL USERS.
DOSQUIZ AND DOCUMENTATION COPYRIGHT (C) 1991 BY STEVE MOUNT
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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