Die Aufgabenstellung:

Read the text about the founding of Stanford University. Some words are missing. Choose the correct answer (A, B, C or D) for each gap (1–11). The first one (0) has been done for you.
In 1876, former California Governor Leland Stanford purchased 650 acres of Rancho San Francisquito for a country home and began the development of his famous Palo Alto Stock Farm. He later bought adjoining properties totaling more than 8,000 acres. The little town that (0) LiU 01_01 Birth of a university.JPG to emerge near the land took the name Palo Alto (tall tree) (1) a giant California redwood on the bank of San Francisquito Creek. The tree itself is still there and (2)  the university's symbol and centerpiece of its official seal.

Leland Stanford, who grew up and studied law in New York, moved west after the gold rush and, (3)  many of his wealthy contemporaries, made his (4)  in the railroads. He was a leader of the Republican Party, governor of California and later a U.S. senator. He and Jane had one son, who died of typhoid fever in 1884 when the family was traveling in Italy. Leland Jr. was just 15. (5)  weeks of his death, the Stanfords decided that, because they no longer could do anything for their own child, "the children of California shall be our children." They quickly set about to find a (6)  way to memorialize their beloved son.
The Stanfords considered several possibilities – a university, a technical school, a museum. (7)  on the East Coast, they visited Harvard, MIT, Cornell and Johns Hopkins to seek (8)  on starting a new university in California. Ultimately, they decided to establish two institutions in Leland Junior's name – the University and a museum. From (9)  they made some untraditional choices: the university (10)  coeducational, in a time when most were all-male; non-denominational, when most were (11)  a religious organization; and avowedly practical, producing "cultured and useful citizens."

On October 1, 1891, Stanford University opened its doors after six years of planning and building. The prediction of a New York newspaper that Stanford professors would "lecture in marble halls to empty benches" was quickly disproved. The first student body consisted of 555 men and women.
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