IT Management Slideshow: Quiz: How Much Do You Really Know About Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen?

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 05-05-2011

What is the name of the elite, private school in Seattle that Allen attended, and where he met a future business associate named Bill Gates:

A. FairwoodB. Cascade HeightsC. LakesideD. Seattle Prep

What is the name of the elite, private school in Seattle that Allen attended, and where he met a future business associate named Bill Gates:

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C. Lakeside, where one of four graduates go on to Ivy League schools. Adam West (TV's Batman) also attended.

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Allen dropped out of Washington State U. to work for which company?

A. IBMB. HoneywellC. Texas InstrumentsD. Sony

Allen dropped out of Washington State U. to work for which company?

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B. Honeywell. Allen was offered $12,500 a year. His father, Kenneth, cautioned him with this advice: "This software work seems to be a distraction."

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Which is the computer for which Allen and Gates created BASIC?

A. Altair 8800B. SOL-20C. The Commodore PETD. The KIM-1

Which is the computer for which Allen and Gates created BASIC?

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A. Altair 8800. This was a mail-order product often sold in publications such as "Popular Electronics."

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What is the price-per-copy for which Allen offered that BASIC language interpreter software in 1975?

A. $15B. $25.50C. $33.99D. $50

What is the price-per-copy for which Allen offered that BASIC language interpreter software in 1975?

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D. $50. He offered it to Altair 8800 maker MITS at the time in a letter he sent to the company, but initially did not receive a response.

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During their first business trip to Japan in the late 1970s, Allen and Gates shared a chance elevator ride with which famous couple?

A. Richard Burton and Elizabeth TaylorB. John Lennon and Yoko OnoC. Ronald and Nancy ReaganD. Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert

During their first business trip to Japan in the late 1970s, Allen and Gates shared a chance elevator ride with which famous couple?

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B. John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Allen, ever the music fan, was flabbergasted. Gates hardly noticed.

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What was the price Allen paid for the Portland Trail Blazers in 1988?

A. $170 millionB. $116 millionC. $98 millionD. $70 million

What was the price Allen paid for the Portland Trail Blazers in 1988?

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D. $70 million. A good investment, as "Forbes" has since estimated the team's value at $253 million. Allen became the youngest owner in major league sports at the time.

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Allen’s film company, Vulcan Productions, co-produced an Emmy-winning TV series with which famous director?

A. Steven SpielbergB. George LucasC. Martin ScorseseD. Francis Ford Coppola

Allen’s film company, Vulcan Productions, co-produced an Emmy-winning TV series with which famous director?

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C. Martin Scorsese. The series, "The Blues," was produced for PBS and featured footage of B.B. King, Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker.

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