CAE Reading and Use of English Part 2
For questions 9-16, read the text below and think of the word which best fits each gap. Use only one word in each gap. There is an example at the beginning (0).
Example: (0) WOULD
Bits of history (of bits) on the auction block
In the spring of 1946, J. Presper Eckert and John Maunchly sent out a business plan for a company that 0 WOULD sell ‘electronic computers’. In their eight-page proposal9 financing of this enterprise, sent to a small group of prospective backers, the two engineers predicted that the market for 10 a machine might consist 11 scientific laboratories, universities and government agencies. Such 12 the beginnings of the Electronic Control Company of Philadelphia, which produced the Univac, the first computer 13 be commercially sold in the United States.
At an auction around 60 years later, the original typescript of the Eckert-Maunchly proposal was sold as part of a collection called ‘The Origins of Cyberspace’, which contained about 1,000 books, papers, brochures and 14 artefacts from the history of computing. Two items 15 particular generated interest among prospective bidders. 16 were the Eckert-Maunchly business plan and a technical journal containing the idea for TCP/IP, the standard system for the transmission of information over the Internet.