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Sharpen Your Pencils! A Powershell Pop Quiz

Prof. Powershell has been giving you the answers; now, a quiz to see how much attention you've been paying.

Prof. PowerShell has been running class for a while. Time for a pop quiz, but don't worry -- it's open book. Answers are at the end if you need them.

1. What is PowerShell?

  1. A fabulous dessert topping
  2. A terrific floor wax
  3. The future of Windows automation and administration

2. The basic command element in PowerShell is what?

  1. A batch file
  2. A cmdlet
  3. A prayer

3. PowerShell is often referred to as what?

  1. An object oriented shell built on the .NET Framework
  2. A clam shell
  3. A band shell

4. PowerShell passes objects from one command to another via what?

  1. IRC
  2. E-mail
  3. The pipeline

5. What can you type in PowerShell to find out more information about a particular command?

  1. Oh magic genie
  2. help
  3. please

6. What must you set before you can run a PowerShell script?

  1. Your alarm clock
  2. Your budget
  3. Your execution policy

7. An alternative and usually shorter name for a command is referred to as what?

  1. An alias
  2. Bob
  3. p

8. PowerShell cmdlets follow what naming convention which makes them easy to learn?

  1. Boy-Girl
  2. Love::Hate
  3. Verb-Noun

9. What can you use to discover information about a given object?

  1. Get-Member
  2. A Ouiji board
  3. Magic 8 Ball

10. PowerShell is:

  1. An interactive management shell
  2. A flexible and simple scripting language
  3. Something your job will eventually require
  4. All of the above

Bonus Question (5 points): The Microsoft architect of Windows PowerShell, it's public face and probably most vocal proponent is?

  1. Roy G. Biv
  2. Kevin Bacon
  3. Jeffrey Snover

Grading is on a straight scale but I trust everyone aced this quiz. If you need a refresher on any topic, check back over the older Prof. PowerShell columns, pick up a copy of Windows PowerShell: TFM 2nd Edition and stay tuned for more. We'll now take a short break for recess.

Answers: c,b,a,c,b,c,a,c,a,d. Bonus: Jeffrey Snover.

About the Author

Jeffery Hicks is an IT veteran with over 25 years of experience, much of it spent as an IT infrastructure consultant specializing in Microsoft server technologies with an emphasis in automation and efficiency. He is a multi-year recipient of the Microsoft MVP Award in Windows PowerShell. He works today as an independent author, trainer and consultant. Jeff has written for numerous online sites and print publications, is a contributing editor at, and a frequent speaker at technology conferences and user groups.

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