Sample Quiz On History Of The English Language

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What did William Caxton contribute to language?
    • A. 

      He translated the Bible from Latin to English

    • B. 

      He wrote Canterbury Tales

    • C. 

      He made England's first printer

    • D. 

      He wrote the first grammar book

  • 2. 
    How did the America help influence the English Language?
    • A. 

      American culture helped spread new meanings to words.

    • B. 

      American entertainment influenced British audience

    • C. 

      Both a & b.

    • D. 

      None of the above.

  • 3. 
    How many languages have arisen from Mother Tongue?
    • A. 

      8000

    • B. 

      10,000

    • C. 

      5,000

    • D. 

      2.000

  • 4. 
    What does the go-go theory believe?
    • A. 

      Language began with sudden cries

    • B. 

      Language came from sudden cries

    • C. 

      Language evolved when people sat down at decided words.

    • D. 

      Language began with commands

  • 5. 
    Why are the names of the theories so ridiculous?
    • A. 

      Scientists could not think of any other names.

    • B. 

      Scientists know that these theories cannot be correct or proven in any way.

    • C. 

      Scientists felt like being silly.

    • D. 

      Scientists used what they believed to be the first words spoken to name the theories.

  • 6. 
    Who of the following announced that many languages came from one old base language?
    • A. 

      Sir William Jones

    • B. 

      Sassetti

    • C. 

      Jacob Grimm

    • D. 

      Joseph Greenberg

  • 7. 
    The "eve" hypothesis says that....
    • A. 

      Humans just appeared on the earth from nowhere.

    • B. 

      Humans are descendants of God.

    • C. 

      Humans came from a tiny population in Europe.

    • D. 

      Humans came from a tiny population in Africa.

  • 8. 
    What was the second earliest form of language seen on earth?
    • A. 

      Cave Drawings

    • B. 

      Cuneiform

    • C. 

      English

    • D. 

      Indo-European

  • 9. 
    How did King James I contribute to Language?
    • A. 

      He ruled England and forced everyone to speak a specific language.

    • B. 

      He translated the Bible.

    • C. 

      He published the King James Bible.

    • D. 

      None of the above.

  • 10. 
    What is another phrase that essentially means the same as "migration of languages"?
    • A. 

      Adoption of Languages in Foreign Spaces

    • B. 

      Moving Languages

    • C. 

      Transporting Languages from one place to another

    • D. 

      Languages eventually moving by themselves.

  • 11. 
    Which of the following words might be of Viking Descent?
    • A. 

      Skate

    • B. 

      Crabby

    • C. 

      Rate

    • D. 

      A and B.

  • 12. 
    William the Conquerer was of ______________ nobility...
    • A. 

      English

    • B. 

      Anglo-Saxon

    • C. 

      Norman

    • D. 

      Roman

  • 13. 
    Around how many words did Shakespeare invent?
    • A. 

      20,000

    • B. 

      9,000

    • C. 

      10,000

    • D. 

      8,000

  • 14. 
    Noah Webster published the first....
    • A. 

      Cookbook

    • B. 

      American spelling book?

    • C. 

      Dictionary

    • D. 

      Textbook

  • 15. 
    According to Colin Renfrew, __________ spread the Indo-European language into Europe.  
    • A. 

      Farmers

    • B. 

      Warriors

    • C. 

      Anglo Saxons

    • D. 

      Indo Europeans

  • 16. 
    Read this Short Passage. "Most of us take for granted the things enjoy or need most. Water is one example. Language is another. If you don't believe that language is all important, try to imagine yourself without words. A storm comes up. Lightning shatters the darkness, and thunder deafens you. Yet your parents can't explain to you the cause of the thunderstorm or tell you that it will pass..."
    • A. 

      X

    • B. 

      X

    • C. 

      X

    • D. 

      X

  • 17. 
    Based on the passage above, which of these reasons is the best in describing our need for language?
    • A. 

      Words will help you understand more things.

    • B. 

      Language is the best way to calm down.

    • C. 

      Without language, there would be no other easy way to communicate with eachother.

    • D. 

      Language will save you during thunderstorms.

  • 18. 
    Why is the comparison of water to language made?
    • A. 

      Water has a hydrating sense, as does language.

    • B. 

      Water is necessary, just like language is.

    • C. 

      Water is taken for granted, just like language is.

    • D. 

      Both B and C.

  • 19. 
    What is a virtue?
    • A. 

      Something to be proud of.

    • B. 

      A good characteristic.

    • C. 

      Passion

    • D. 

      A Goal

  • 20. 
    Ben Franklin achieved Moral Perfection.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False