English Language Quiz: Trivia Exam!

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English Language Quiz: Trivia Exam!

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Roughly what proportion of the world's population is fluent or competent in English?
    • A. 

      One person in a thousand

    • B. 

      One in a hundred

    • C. 

      One in ten

    • D. 

      One in four

  • 2. 
    Which country contains the largest English-speaking population in the world?
    • A. 

       England

    • B. 

      The United States

    • C. 

      China

    • D. 

       India

  • 3. 
    In approximately how many countries does the English language have official or special status?
    • A. 

      10

    • B. 

      15

    • C. 

      35

    • D. 

      75

  • 4. 
    Which of the following is probably the most widely used English word throughout the world?
    • A. 

      Dollar

    • B. 

      Okay

    • C. 

      Internet

    • D. 

      Movie

  • 5. 
    The English language is conventionally divided into three historical periods. In which of these periods did William Shakespeare write his plays?
    • A. 

      Old English

    • B. 

      Middle English

    • C. 

      Modern English

    • D. 

      New English

  • 6. 
    Which of the following is the longest word that appears in a play by William Shakespeare?
    • A. 

       honorificabilitudinitatibus

    • B. 

       incomprehensibleness

    • C. 

      Antidisestablishmentarianism

    • D. 

       disproportionableness

  • 7. 
    Which one of the following observations applies to the word typewriter?
    • A. 

      It's the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.

    • B. 

       It appeared in Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language—several decades before the invention of the first typing machine.

    • C. 

      It's the only word in English that doesn't rhyme with any other word.

    • D. 

       It can be typed using only the top row of keys on a standard keyboard.

  • 8. 
    Which of the following is generally regarded as the first genuine dictionary in English?
    • A. 

       The Elementarie, by Richard Mulcaster

    • B. 

      A Table Alphabeticall, by Robert Cawdrey

    • C. 

       Glossographia, by Thomas Blount

    • D. 

       Dictionary of the English Language, by Samuel Johnson

  • 9. 
    Which of the following was Noah Webster's best-selling book or pamphlet?
    • A. 

      A Grammatical Institute of the English Language (popularly known as the "Blue-Backed Speller")

    • B. 

       Compendious Dictionary of the English Language

    • C. 

      A booklet on global warming titled "Are Our Winters Getting Warmer?"

    • D. 

      A booklet on global warming titled "Are Our Winters Getting Warmer?"

  • 10. 
    Which of the following terms refers to the substitution of a more offensive word or phrase for one considered less offensive?
    • A. 

       dysphemism

    • B. 

       euphemism

    • C. 

      Dramatism

    • D. 

      Orthophemism