What is the History of the Internet? - Origins & Timeline


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Which of the following technologies was developed first?

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1. Why was e-mail the first killer app of ARPANET and the Internet?

2. How does the 'World Wide Web' differ from the 'Internet'?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Everyone knows the Internet, but what part does e-mail and the World Wide Web play in the Internet? Test what you know about the history of the Internet using this assessment, which covers the origins of the Internet, its evolution and development.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on key historical facts about the Internet:

  • Identify the commonly used Internet application that was developed first
  • Point out the computer network that provided the foundation for the Internet
  • State the year the first web page went live on the Internet
  • Identify the standard that breaks up messages and data into packets to be routed over a network, laying the foundation for modern Internet-based communications
  • Define what SMTP stands for

Skills Practiced

  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as Internet and World Wide Web
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as Transmission Control Program and Internet Protocol
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding what a killer application is and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the computer networks that preceded the Internet and when they were created

Additional Learning

To learn more about the Internet, review the accompanying lesson about the history of the Internet. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the first computer network and explain why it was developed
  • Know what packet switching is and know when it was refined to the current standard
  • Understand what Transmission Control Program is used for
  • Explain what Internet Protocol is used for
  • Define Internet and know when the word came into common usage
  • Identify what organization built the high-speed backbone for this network
  • Know what electronic mail is and identify the network over which the first message was sent
  • Define killer application and identify the killer app of the Internet
  • Differentiate between the Internet and the World Wide Web and know when each was established
  • Define HyperText Transfer Protocol and explain what it is used for
  • Know when the foundation for the basic functionality of the Internet was established