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Quiz on Chapter 9

This page contains questions on Chapter 9 of Introduction to Programming Using Java. You should be able to answer these questions after studying that chapter. Sample answers to these questions can be found here.

Question 1:

Explain what is meant by a recursive subroutine.

Question 2:

Consider the following subroutine:

static void printStuff(int level) {
    if (level == 0) {
    else {
       printStuff(level - 1);
       printStuff(level - 1);

Show the output that would be produced by the subroutine calls printStuff(0), printStuff(1), printStuff(2), and printStuff(3).

Question 3:

Suppose that a linked list is formed from objects that belong to the class

class ListNode {
   int item;       // An item in the list.
   ListNode next;  // Pointer to next item in the list.

Write a subroutine that will count the number of zeros that occur in a given linked list of ints. The subroutine should have a parameter of type ListNode and should return a value of type int.

Question 4:

Let ListNode be defined as in the previous problem. Suppose that head is a variable of type ListNode that points to the first node in a linked list. Write a code segment that will add the number 42 in a new node at the end of the list. Assume that the list is not empty. (There is no "tail pointer" for the list.)

Question 5:

What are the three operations on a stack?

Question 6:

What is the basic difference between a stack and a queue?

Question 7:

What is an activation record? What role does a stack of activation records play in a computer?

Question 8:

Suppose that a binary tree of integers is formed from objects belonging to the class

class TreeNode {
   int item;       // One item in the tree.
   TreeNode left;  // Pointer to the left subtree.
   TreeNode right; // Pointer to the right subtree.

Write a recursive subroutine that will find the sum of all the nodes in the tree. Your subroutine should have a parameter of type TreeNode, and it should return a value of type int.

Question 9:

Let TreeNode be the same class as in the previous problem. Write a recursive subroutine that makes a copy of a binary tree. The subroutine has a parameter that points to the root of the tree that is to be copied. The return type is TreeNode, and the return value should be a pointer to the root of the copy. The copy should consist of newly created nodes, and it should have exactly the same structure as the original tree.

Question 10:

What is a postorder traversal of a binary tree?

Question 11:

Suppose that a <multilist> is defined by the BNF rule

<multilist>  ::=  <word>  |  "(" [ <multilist> ]... ")"

where a <word> can be any sequence of letters. Give five different <multilist>'s that can be generated by this rule. (This rule, by the way, is almost the entire syntax of the programming language LISP! LISP is known for its simple syntax and its elegant and powerful semantics.)

Question 12:

Explain what is meant by parsing a computer program.

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