Old Exams

This page contains previous exams that I have given in Distributed Systems classes of yore. Some material has changed over time, so if you see a question that looks like it’s for a topic we have not covered, skip it.

About exams

If the exam contains any essay questions, keep your answers short but accurate (just a few sentances or a very short paragraph, as necessary). I will not have the patience to read long essays and you may end up losing points even if you have some of the right information. Conversely, make sure that your answers are precise and accurate: they should address the question as if someone asked it of you in casual conversation rather than provide irrelevant details.

To give you an idea of the style of questions you might expect, Here are past exams that I have given in this course. You can use the sidebar on the left to select exams.

Exam 1 questions and answers

Exam 2 questions and answers

Exam 3 questions and answers

Old exams

Spring 2023 Exam 1 Exam 2
Spring 2020 Exam 1
Fall 2018 Exam 1 Exam 2 Exam 3
Fall 2017 Exam 1 Exam 2 Exam 3
Fall 2016 Exam 1 Exam 2  
Fall 2015 Exam 1 Exam 2  
Fall 2014 Exam 1 Exam 2 Exam 3
Last modified November 3, 2023.
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