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John Backus: Quiz


Question 1: [9] He retired in 1991 and died at his home in ________ on March 17, 2007.
Jackson County, OregonJacksonville, OregonAshland, OregonMedford, Oregon

Question 2: Sometimes viewed as Backus's apology for creating FORTRAN, this paper did less to garner interest in the FP language than to spark research into ________ in general.
Programming paradigmFunctional programmingDeclarative programmingImperative programming

Question 3: He studied at the The Hill School in ________, and was apparently not a diligent student.
Montgomery County, PennsylvaniaNorristown, PennsylvaniaLansdale, PennsylvaniaPottstown, Pennsylvania

Question 4: FP was strongly inspired by ________’s APL, even using a non-standard character set.
Edgar F. CoddAlan PerlisKenneth E. IversonFred Brooks

Question 5: [4] After entering the ________ to study chemistry, he quit and was conscripted into the U.S.
The College of William & MaryVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityUniversity of VirginiaUniversity of Virginia's College at Wise

Question 6: Backus was born in ________ and grew up in nearby Wilmington, Delaware.
Allentown, PennsylvaniaPittsburghHarrisburg, PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia

Question 7: An FP interpreter was distributed with the 4.2BSD ________ operating system.
AWKUnixGNU Core UtilitiesMan page

Question 8: Backus was named an IBM Fellow in 1963,[7] and was awarded a degree honoris causa from the University Henri Poincaré in ________ (France) in 1989[8] and a Draper Prize in 1993.

Question 9: He graduated from ________ with a Master's degree in mathematics during 1949, and joined IBM in 1950.
Cornell UniversityNew York UniversityColumbia UniversityRutgers University

Question 10: Awarded degree ________ (1989)[8]
Academic degreeMcGill UniversityHonorary degreeDoctorate


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