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Python & Linux Online Test

The Python Linux Online Test uses scenario-based MCQs to evaluate candidates on their proficiency in working with both Python and Linux, two widely used technologies in software development and IT operations. The test assesses candidates' ability to write Python code, use Python libraries and frameworks, and work with Linux operating systems, commands, and tools.

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Test duration:  45 mins
Difficulty level:  Moderate
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Questions:
  • 7 Python MCQs
  • 7 Linux MCQs
  • 1 Python Coding Question
Covered skills:
Python Basics
Python OOPs
Python Data Structures
Linux Fundamentals
Shell Scripting
Coding
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The test screens for the following skills that hiring managers look for in candidates:

  • Understanding and implementing Python basics
  • Implementing object-oriented programming concepts in Python
  • Working with various data structures in Python
  • Demonstrating knowledge of Linux fundamentals
  • Writing shell scripts in Linux
  • Solving coding problems
  • Efficiently handling exceptions and errors in Python
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🧐 Question

Medium

ZeroDivisionError and IndexError
Exceptions
Solve
What will the following Python code output?
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Medium

Session
File Handling
Dictionary
Solve
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The function high_sess should compute the highest number of events per session of each user in the database by reading a comma-separated value input file of session data. The result should be returned from the function as a dictionary. The first column of each line in the input file is expected to contain the user’s name represented as a string. The second column is expected to contain an integer representing the events in a session. Here is an example input file:
Tony,10
Stark,12
Black,25
Your program should ignore a non-conforming line like this one.
Stark,3
Widow,6
Widow,14
The resulting return value for this file should be the following dictionary: { 'Stark':12, 'Black':25, 'Tony':10, 'Widow':14 }
What should replace the CODE TO FILL line to complete the function?
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Medium

Max Code
Arrays
Solve
Below are code lines to create a Python function. Ignoring indentation, what lines should be used and in what order for the following function to be complete:
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Medium

Recursive Function
Recursion
Dictionary
Lists
Solve
Consider the following Python code:
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In the above code, recursive_search is a function that takes a dictionary (data) and a target key (target) as arguments. It searches for the target key within the dictionary, which could potentially have nested dictionaries and lists as values, and returns the value associated with the target key. If the target key is not found, it returns None.

nested_dict is a dictionary that contains multiple levels of nested dictionaries and lists. The recursive_search function is then called with nested_dict as the data and 'target_key' as the target.

What will the output be after executing the above code?

Medium

Stacking problem
Stack
Linkedlist
Solve
What does the below function ‘fun’ does?
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A: Sum of digits of the number passed to fun.
B: Number of digits of the number passed to fun.
C: 0 if the number passed to fun is divisible by 10. 1 otherwise.
D: Sum of all digits number passed to fun except for the last digit.

Medium

Debugging Issues
Environment Variables
Debugging
Solve
You are working on a Linux system and have recently installed a new program named myprogram. The executable is located in /opt/myprogram/bin/. You want to be able to run this program from any directory in your shell without specifying the full path.
You executed the following command:
export PATH="/opt/myprogram/bin"
However, when you try to run the program using myprogram, you get the following error message:
-bash: myprogram: command not found

Which of the following commands can fix this issue and allow you to run the program?
A: export PATH=$PATH:/opt/myprogram/bin/
B: export PATH="/opt/myprogram:$PATH"
C: export PATH="/opt/myprogram/bin:$PATH"
D: ln -s /opt/myprogram/bin/myprogram /usr/local/bin/myprogram

Easy

File Structure and Navigation
Files
Basic Commands
Solve
Consider the following directory structure:
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You start at /home/user and execute the following commands:
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What will be the resulting directory structure?
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Medium

Fork mellow yellow
Solve
How many times will the following code will print "Mellow Yellow"?
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Medium

Remote server connection
SSH
Solve
Our software engineering intern, Wu is looking to use port 4545 on localhost to connect to a remote server called woot.bananas.com on port 80. Which command would you recommend for this?
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Easy

Registration Queue
Logic
Queues
Solve
We want to register students for the next semester. All students have a receipt which shows the amount pending for the previous semester. A positive amount (or zero) represents that the student has paid extra fees, and a negative amount represents that they have pending fees to be paid. The students are in a queue for the registration. We want to arrange the students in a way such that the students who have a positive amount on the receipt get registered first as compared to the students who have a negative amount. We are given a queue in the form of an array containing the pending amount.
For example, if the initial queue is [20, 70, -40, 30, -10], then the final queue will be [20, 70, 30, -40, -10]. Note that the sequence of students should not be changed while arranging them unless required to meet the condition.
⚠️⚠️⚠️ Note:
- The first line of the input is the length of the array. The second line contains all the elements of the array.
- The input is already parsed into an array of "strings" and passed to a function. You will need to convert string to integer/number type inside the function.
- You need to "print" the final result (not return it) to pass the test cases.

For the example discussed above, the input will be:
5
20 70 -40 30 -10

Your code needs to print the following to the standard output:
20 70 30 -40 -10

Medium

Visitors Count
Strings
Logic
Solve
A manager hires a staff member to keep a record of the number of men, women, and children visiting the museum daily. The staff will note W if any women visit, M for men, and C for children. You need to write code that takes the string that represents the visits and prints the count of men, woman and children. The sequencing should be in decreasing order. 
Example:

Input:
WWMMWWCCC

Expected Output: 
4W3C2M

Explanation: 
‘W’ has the highest count, then ‘C’, then ‘M’. 
⚠️⚠️⚠️ Note:
- The input is already parsed and passed to a function.
- You need to "print" the final result (not return it) to pass the test cases.
- If the input is- “MMW”, then the expected output is "2M1W" since there is no ‘C’.
- If any of them have the same count, the output should follow this order - M, W, C.
🧐 Question🔧 Skill

Medium

ZeroDivisionError and IndexError
Exceptions

2 mins

Python
Solve

Medium

Session
File Handling
Dictionary

2 mins

Python
Solve

Medium

Max Code
Arrays

2 mins

Python
Solve

Medium

Recursive Function
Recursion
Dictionary
Lists

3 mins

Python
Solve

Medium

Stacking problem
Stack
Linkedlist

4 mins

Python
Solve

Medium

Debugging Issues
Environment Variables
Debugging

2 mins

Linux
Solve

Easy

File Structure and Navigation
Files
Basic Commands

2 mins

Linux
Solve

Medium

Fork mellow yellow

2 mins

Linux
Solve

Medium

Remote server connection
SSH

2 mins

Linux
Solve

Easy

Registration Queue
Logic
Queues

30 mins

Coding
Solve

Medium

Visitors Count
Strings
Logic

30 mins

Coding
Solve
🧐 Question🔧 Skill💪 Difficulty⌛ Time
ZeroDivisionError and IndexError
Exceptions
Python
Medium2 mins
Solve
Session
File Handling
Dictionary
Python
Medium2 mins
Solve
Max Code
Arrays
Python
Medium2 mins
Solve
Recursive Function
Recursion
Dictionary
Lists
Python
Medium3 mins
Solve
Stacking problem
Stack
Linkedlist
Python
Medium4 mins
Solve
Debugging Issues
Environment Variables
Debugging
Linux
Medium2 mins
Solve
File Structure and Navigation
Files
Basic Commands
Linux
Easy2 mins
Solve
Fork mellow yellow
Linux
Medium2 mins
Solve
Remote server connection
SSH
Linux
Medium2 mins
Solve
Registration Queue
Logic
Queues
Coding
Easy30 minsSolve
Visitors Count
Strings
Logic
Coding
Medium30 minsSolve

Test candidates on core Python & Linux Hiring Test topics

Python Basics: Python Basics is a skill that involves understanding the fundamental concepts and syntax of the Python programming language. It covers topics such as variables, data types, conditional statements, loops, and basic input/output operations. This skill is measured in the test to assess the candidate's proficiency in the essential building blocks of Python programming.

Python OOPs: Python OOPs refers to Object-Oriented Programming in Python. This skill focuses on concepts such as classes, objects, inheritance, polymorphism, and encapsulation. It is essential to measure this skill to evaluate the candidate's ability to write modular and reusable code using object-oriented principles in Python.

Python Data Structures: Python Data Structures encompass a variety of data types and their associated operations in Python. This skill involves understanding the implementation and usage of data structures such as lists, tuples, dictionaries, sets, and arrays. Measuring this skill helps assess the candidate's proficiency in manipulating and organizing data efficiently in Python.

Linux Fundamentals: Linux Fundamentals involves understanding the basic concepts and commands of the Linux operating system. It covers topics such as file system navigation, file and directory management, user and group management, permissions, and process management. This skill is important to measure as it evaluates the candidate's knowledge and ability to work with the Linux environment, which is commonly used in many software development and system administration roles.

Shell Scripting: Shell Scripting refers to the creation and execution of scripts written in shell languages, such as Bash, on Unix-like operating systems like Linux. This skill involves writing scripts to automate tasks, perform system administration tasks, and manipulate files and data using shell commands. Measuring this skill helps assess the candidate's ability to write efficient and effective scripts to automate repetitive tasks and enhance productivity in a Linux environment.

Coding: Coding is a general skill that encompasses the ability to write clean, efficient, and well-structured code. This skill involves understanding programming concepts, logic, problem-solving skills, and attention to detail. Measuring this skill helps evaluate the candidate's overall coding proficiency and their ability to write robust and maintainable code in the context of Python and Linux development.

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  • Database Administrator
  • Cloud Architect
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