Charles Babbage: Biography, Facts & Invention


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Why was Charles Babbage unable to successfully construct his difference engine?

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1. Who helped Charles Babbage by translating a paper about his analytical engine from French to English and also writing an example computer program for the analytical engine?

2. What was Babbage's difference engine designed to do?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

With this short quiz and printable worksheet, you'll be quizzed on a variety of study points about Charles Babbage. These include the reason Babbage couldn't construct his difference engine and somebody Babbage knew who helped him translate an analytical engine paper from French to English.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Answer questions on these topics:

  • The design of Babbage's difference engine
  • The city where he was born
  • His education

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Charles Babbage
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding where Babbage was born
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the person who helped Babbage translate a paper about his engine from French to English and the university he attended

Additional Learning

Consider the accompanying lesson titled Charles Babbage: Biography, Facts & Invention for more on these important study topics:

  • Explanation of Babbage's analytical engine
  • Details about his early life
  • His contributions in founding the Analytical Society and the Astronomical Society
  • His later life and legacy