English History - Preparation For Exam

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English History - Preparation For Exam

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  • 1. 
    Words dinner and supper are French.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 2. 
    All Old English words that have disappeared were driven out by French equivalents.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 3. 
    After the Norman Conquest, duplications frequently resulted, for many of the French words that came into use bore meanings already expressed by native word. In majority cases it was the French borrowing that died out.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    The substitution of the words was always immediate and none of the Old English words survive till today. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    Where both the English and the French words survived they were generally differentiated in meaning. For example, doom and judgement.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    The cultural and intellectual interests of the ruling class are reflected in words pertaining to the standart in fashion and dress.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 7. 
    New French words were quickly assimilated and entered into an easy natural fusion with the native element in English. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    In phrases like “to draw near”, “to hold one’s peace”, “to come to a head” even when the words are English the pattern is French. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    It will be observed that the French words introduced into English as a result of the Norman Conquest often present an appearance quite different from that which they have in modern French. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    The total number of French words adopted during the Middle English period was slightly over 50 000
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 11. 
    The influence of the Norman Conquest is generally known as the Latin Influence of the Third Period in recognition of the ultimate source of the new French words.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 12. 
    The 13 and 14 centuries were especially prolific in Latin borrowings
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    Latin borrowings terms relating to law, medicine, theology, science and literature, words often justified in the beginning by technical or professional use and later acquiring a wider application. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 14. 
    The richness of English in synonyms is largely due to the happy mingling of Latin, French, and native elements. It has been said that we have a antonym at each level- popular, literary, and learned
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 15. 
    The latest study of the Low Dutch element in English considers some 10000.  
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 16. 
    Four principal dialects of Middle English: Northern, East Midland , West Midland and Southern.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 17. 
    Midland dialect became a foundation for standard English because Midland region occupied a middle position between the extreme divergences of the north and south and compromised the neighbouring dialect differences and Midland district was the largest and most populous of the major dialect areas.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 18. 
    Chaucer’s importance was paramount among the influences bringing about the adoption of a spoken standard
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 19. 
    By far the most influential factor in the rise of Standard English was the importance of London as the capital of England. It is likely that the language of the city would have become the prevailing dialect without the help of any other factors. However complete uniformity was not attained until 16 century. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 20. 
    Some idea of Latin borrowings of ME range and character may be gained from a selected but miscellaneous list of examples
  • 21. 
    The changes of Middle English period influenced
    • A. 

      Grammar and its’ vocabulary

    • B. 

      Pronunciation

    • C. 

      English literature

  • 22. 
    In the Middle English the grammar reduced English
    • A. 

      From analytic to highly inflected

    • B. 

      From isolated to inflected

    • C. 

      From a highly inflected to an extremely analytical

  • 23. 
    In the early Middle English only two methods of indicating plural remained fairly distinctive
    • A. 

      The –s or –es from the strong masculine declension and –en from the weak

    • B. 

      –en from the strong and –s or –es from weak

    • C. 

      –ed from strong and –en from weak

  • 24. 
    In Middle English there was a loss of
    • A. 

      OE pronunciation

    • B. 

      Dual number

    • C. 

      Ending –en

  • 25. 
    We have only two forms of pronouns surviving through Middle English and continuing in use today. Which ones?
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