Questions and Exercises: Control Flow Statements


  • The most basic control flow statement supported by the Java programming language is the ___ statement.

  • The ___ statement allows for any number of possible execution paths.

  • The ___ statement is similar to the while statement, but evaluates its expression at the ___ of the loop.

  • How do you write an infinite loop using the for statement?

  • How do you write an infinite loop using the while statement?


  • Consider the following code snippet.
if (aNumber >= 0)
    if (aNumber == 0)
        System.out.println("first string");
else System.out.println("second string");
System.out.println("third string");
  • What output do you think the code will produce if aNumber is 3?

    • Write a test program containing the previous code snippet; make aNumber 3. What is the output of the program? Is it what you predicted? Explain why the output is what it is; in other words, what is the control flow for the code snippet?

    • Using only spaces and line breaks, reformat the code snippet to make the control flow easier to understand.

    • Use braces, { and }, to further clarify the code.

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