Reading Comprehension Quiz

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Beginning in 1980, Tim Berners-Lee fashioned a kind of notebook in which words in a document could be linked to other documents in a computer. This was the beginning of the World Wide Web.

This work was truly the work of one man. Thomas Edison had dozens of people working on the light bulb. The Internet had many contributors. However, only Berners-Lee can be given credit for the World Wide Web. Furthermore, he more than anyone else has fought to keep it open, nonproprietary, and free.

It was he who thought up the idea of linking computers together so that everyone could have access to information in a multitude of computers. In Berners-Lee's scheme there was no central manager and no central database.

Berners-Lee cobbled together the World Wide Web's first browser, which allowed users anywhere to view his creation on their computer screen.

1. Berners-Lee created
A. the World Wide Web.
B. the Internet.
C. a multitude of computers.
D. free information.
2. Berners-Lee was
A. part of a lab team.
B. a central manager.
C. a one-man creator.
D. one of several contributors.
3. Which of these did Berners-Lee not create?
A. the World Wide Web.
B. the first browser.
C. the idea of linking documents and also computers.
D. the Internet.
4. Cobbled in this context means
A. put together in an improvised way.
B. handicapped.
C. paved.
D. browsed.
The information comes from an article by Joshua Quittner at TIME - The Most Important People of the Century.
Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

Answer Key: 1-A..........2-C..........3-D..........4-A
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