The assessment test is an excellent way to test yourself before starting to study. It gives you an idea of where you should start and why.

In an assessment test, test your current skills from beginning to advance lever for any subject or topic to check “what do you know and from where you should start learning?”

Here I have put some basic questions for Linux assessment, so you can test your Linux skill and choose right path for Linux Learning.



1.    Which device file could be a serial device?

  1. /dev/ttyS0
  2. /dev/ttys0
  3. /dev/ttySa
  4. /dev/ttysa

2.    Typing fdisk -l /dev/hda on an x86 Linux computer produces a listing of four partitions: /dev/hda1, /dev/hda2, /dev/hda5, and /dev/hda6. Which of the following is true?

  1. The disk contains two primary partitions and two extended partitions.
  2. Either /dev/hda1 or /dev/hda2 is an extended partition.
  3. The partition table is currupted; there should be a /dev/hda3 and a /dev/hda4 before /dev/hda5.
  4. If  you add a /dev/hda3 with fdisk, /dev/hda5 will become /dev/hda6 and /dev/hda6 will become /dev/hda7.

3.    What is a common tool for configuring sound cards in Linux?

  1. soundconfig
  2. sndconfig
  3. configsound
  4. soundconf

4.    A new Linux administrator plans to create a systemwith separate /home, /usr/local, and /etc partitions. Which of the following best describes this configuration?

  1. The system won’t boot because /etc contains configuration file necessary to mount non-root partition.
  2. The system will boot, but /usr/local won’t be available because mounted partitions must be mounted directly off their parent partition, not in a subdirectory.
  3. The system will boot only if the /home partition is on  separate physicl disk from the /usr/local partition.
  4. The system will boot and operate correctly, provided each partition is large enough for its intended use.

5.    What are common IRQs for serial ports? [Select all that apply.]

  1. 1
  2. 3
  3. 4
  4. 16

6.    Which of the following directories is most likely to be placed on its own hard disk partition?

  1. /bin
  2. /sbin
  3. /mnt
  4. /home

7.    How many devices can be added to an 8-bit SCSI bus, not counting the SCSI host adapter itself?

  1. 7
  2. 8
  3. 15
  4. 16

8.    You discover that an x86 hard disk has partitions with type codes of 0x0f, 0x82, and 0x83. Assuming these type codes are accurate, what can you conclude about the disk?

  1. The disk hold a partial or complete Linux system.
  2. The disk holds DOS or Windows 9x/Me and Windows NT/200x/XP installations.
  3. The disk holds a FreeBSD installation
  4. The disk is corrupt; those partition type codes are incompatible.

9.    What are the highest and lowest priority SCSI IDs on a 16-bit SCSI bus?

  1. 0 and 15, respectively
  2. 7 and 8, respectively
  3. 7 and 0, respectively
  4. 15 and 0, respectively

10.    You run Linux’s fdisk and modify your partition layout. Before exiting from the program though, you realize that you’ve been working on the wrong disk. What can you do to correct this problem?

  1. Nothing; the damage is done, so you’ll have to recover data from a backup.
  2. Type w to exit from fdisk without saving changes to disk.
  3. Type q to exit from fdisk without saving changes to disk
  4. Type u repeatedly to undo the operations you’ve made in error.

11.    Which files contain essential system information such as IRQs, DMA channels and I/O addresses? [Select all that apply.]

  1. /proc/ioports
  2. /proc/ioaddresses
  3. /proc/dma
  4. /proc/interrupts

12.    What does the following command accomplish?

# mkfs  -t  ext2  /dev/sda4

  1. It sets the partition table type code for /dev/sda4 to exit2.
  2. It converts a FAT patition into an ext2fs partition without damaging the partition’s existing files.
  3. It creates a new ext2 filesystem on /dev/sda4, overwriting any wxisting filesystem and data.
  4. Nothing ; the -t option isn’t valid, and so it cause mkfs to abort its operation.

13.    Where are settings for ISA Plug and Play devices stored for the isapnp command?

  1. /proc/isa
  2. /etc/isapnp.conf
  3. /etc/pnp.conf
  4. /etc/pnp/isa.conf

14.    Which of the following best summarizes the differences between DOS’s FDISK and Linux’s fdisk?

  1. Linux’s fdisk is a simple clone of DOS’s FDISK but written to work from Linux rather than from DOS or Windows.
  2. The two are completely independent programs that accomplish similar goals, althrough Linux’s fdisk is more flexible.
  3. DOS’s FDISK uses GUI controls, wheres Linux’s fdisk uses a command-line interface, but they have similar functionality.
  4. Despite their similar names, they’re completely different tools-DOS’s FDISK handles disk partitioning, wheres Linux’s fdisk formats floppy disks.

15.    You’ve  connected two devices to a computer’s USB ports: a USB 1.0 mouse and a USB 2.0 printer. Which USB driver modules are required to use both devices at the best possible speeds?

  1. The usb1.o and usb2.o modules
  2. An OHCI or UHCI module
  3. The usbcore.o module
  4. An EHCI module

16.    What mount point should you associate with swap partitions?

  1. /
  2. /swap
  3. /boot
  4. None

17.    What would be the equivalent RS-232 serial device filename for what Windows would refer to as COM1?

  1. /dev/ttyS0
  2. /dev/ttyS1
  3. /dev/lp0
  4. /dev/lp1

18.    Which of the following correctly describes a difference between LILO and GRUB?

  1. LILO includes explicit support for FreeBSD kernels; GRUB does not.
  2. LILO can boot Linux kernels through the 2.4.x series; GRUB is necessary to boot 2.6.x and later kernels.
  3. You must reinstall LILO to the MBR or partition boot sector after changing its configuration; this is unnecessary with GRUB.
  4. LILO can chain load another OS’s boot loader, whereas GRUB can boot only Linux kernels.

19.    USB device drivers are loaded and unloaded by helper applications. Which application may be used by your Linux system? [Select all that apply.]

  1. usbmgr
  2. hotplug
  3. usbmanager
  4. deviceloader

20.    Where should you install GRUB if your system dual-boots Linux and Windows and you don’t want Windows to wipe out GRUP if you reinstall Windows?

  1. The MBR of the first hard disk
  2. /var/grub.conf
  3. The boot sector of a logical Linux partition
  4. The boot sector of a primary Linux partition


1.   a

2.   b

3.   b

4.   a

5.   b, c

6.   d

7.   a

8.   a

9.   b

10.   c

11.   a, c, d

12.   c

13.   b

14.   b

15.   b, c, d

16.   d

17.   a

18.   c

19.   a, b

20.   d

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