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The Story of the Internet

Carlos Castillo
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Chapter I

Before you read
1 What was your first experienceof the Internet? What do you use it for now?

2 Look at the Word List at the back of the book and answer these questions with words from the list.
A Which word means a kind of person?
B Whichthree words are words for organization?
C Which two verbs have similar meanings?
D How do you copy something from the internet to your computer?
E What do scientists do at university?

3 Read the Introduction to this book. Choose the correct words in italics.
A At first, few/most/business people understood the possibilities of the internet.
B The Internet was invented in World WarII/in America/by Marc Andreesson.

While you read
4 Read Chapter 1. Underline the wrong word in these sentences and write the correct word.
A In the 1950s almost every American could
hope to own a house and a boat.
B Sputnik was an enormous,silver satellite.
C Americans were worried that Russia might
send aeroplanes into space and drop
bombs from them.

After you read
5“The Russians are inSpace!” Why did this worry the USA? What did the US president do as a result?

Chapter 2
Before you read
6 What do you understand by the phrase “computers network”?
Where have you used a computer network?

7 Explain the meaning of the words in italics in these sentences. Some of the words are in the Word List at the back of the book.
A My computer has crashed again!B Switch it off, then switch on and log on again.

C I think it’s a problem with the hardware.

D I’ve run a repair program, but it hasn’t helped.

E Does your university have a mainframe computer?

F I don’t know; the computer department is at a different site.

While you read
8 Are these sentences right( ) or wrong( )?
A NASA was created by the Us government to work oncomputing
B Larry Roberts planned to connect computers with telephone lines.
C Packet switching is efficient because it makes sure that packets travel together and in the same order.
D Honeywell proved that its DDP-15 computer was strong by dropping it from the ceiling to the floor.
E The first message sent over the ARPAnet was”LO”.

After you read
9 Answer these questions.
A What didBob Taylor do before he worked for ARPA?

B Why wasn’t he happy with ARPA’s computer system?

C How much money did he have to build the ARPAnet?

10 The book says that computing has been far more important than Space travel. Discuss the reason for this. Do you agree?

Chapter 3
Before you read
11 What do you think is the difference between an ordinary computer network and theInternet?

12 Which of these words usually go with the words below? ( some of the words are in the Word List at the back of the book.)
Digital distant inner research security
A …London
B a …student
C a…planet
D a …guard
E a …watch

While you read
13 Complete these sentences.
A By 1973 three-quarters of all traffic on the Internet was

B A group from MIT wanted to use thenetwork to control a mechanical

C The word “Internet” was first used in the year

After you read
14 Answer these questions.
A Why was Larry Roberts happy with the ARPAnet?

B what was the most surprising result of the ARPAnet?

C Why did Bob Khan and Vint Cerf want to build the Internet?

Chapter 4
Before you read
15 When was the first time that you used a personal computer?What did you use it for?

16 How do you think life would be different today if everyone still had to use mainframe computers?

While you read
17 Underline the wrong word in each sentence and write the correct word.
A When he was nineteen years old, Bill Gates was studying law at Yale university.

B The Altair was the world’s first personal calculator.

C Ed Roberts sold equipment to...
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