Java quiz 17: Working with ArrayLists

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ArrayList is used in Java to collect data. If you are not familiar with ArrayLists, you can read this article about ArrayList.

Java quiz 17: Working with ArrayLists

Level: Hard

What is written to the standard output as the result of executing the following code?

import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.List;

public class MyList
  List<String> list = new ArrayList<String>();
  List<String> list2 = new ArrayList<String>();
  public List<String> method(List<String> list)
    return list;
  public static void main(String[] args)
    MyList ml1 = new MyList();
    ml1.list2 = ml1.method(ml1.list);
Author: Sar Maroof

Select the correct answer.

Answer explanation

  1. The statement ml1.list2 = ml1.method(ml1.list); makes the object list2 a reference to the object list, and adds the letters a and b to the list2.
  2. The statement ml1.list.add(“c”); adds the letter “c” to the list.
  3. The statment ml1.list.add(“d”); adds the letter “d”.
    Since list and list2 are referring to the same object. The code writes [a, b, c, d] to the standard output.

The correct answer is: b.

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