Starfleet Linguistics Assessment

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Starfleet Linguistics Assessment

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  • 1. 
    Welcome, cadet.Phase one of your training is a short assessment of your knowledge of grammatical forms and syntactic structures, as well as your ability to linguistically hypothesize and deduce.  In order for the Academy to correctly assess your linguistic ability, it is important that you answer the questions using only the knowledge you currently possess, so please refrain from consulting outside sources. While we will provide you with the results of this initial assessment, a grade does not enter into the computation for your linguistic ability, so above all, do not be discouraged if you are uncertain of the answers. The inability to answer some or all of the questions correctly doesn't mean you aren't linguistically skilled, and upon proceeding to the comprehension phase, you may find that you are innately gifted with linguistic comprehension but simply haven't learned the terms. Therefore, once again, we ask that you neither guess nor search for answers on the internet or in other sources, but rather select Answer D when the correct answer is unknown to you, as this will aid Starfleet in its assessment of all candidates. When you are ready, cadet, you may proceed.
  • 2. 
    Under heavy Klingon attack, a beleaguered Kirk devised a novel defense.In the above sentence, the word "beleaguered" acts as  ___________.
    • A. 

      A past participle

    • B. 

      A preterite/simple past form

    • C. 

      A past perfect

    • D. 

      The correct answer is unknown to me

  • 3. 
    As the clock struck six, the townsfolk rioted, and the landing party immediately set their phasers to stun.  In the above sentence, the intransitive verb is:
    • A. 

      Struck

    • B. 

      Rioted

    • C. 

      Set

    • D. 

      The correct answer is unknown to me

  • 4. 
    "This is tranya," said Balok, and he offered the drink to his guests. In the above sentence, the indirect object is:
    • A. 

      Tranya

    • B. 

      The drink

    • C. 

      His guests

    • D. 

      The correct answer is unknown to me

  • 5. 
    Which of the following sentences contains a gerund?
    • A. 

      Apparently, Kirk was enchanted by every girl in the universe.

    • B. 

      You are not morg or imorg.

    • C. 

      Fencing is just one of Sulu's many hobbies.

    • D. 

      The correct answer is unknown to me

  • 6. 
    Which of the following sentences contains a past perfect/pluperfect form?
    • A. 

      Scotty reported that the warp drive has been repaired.

    • B. 

      He had found that the dilithium crystals were being depleted.

    • C. 

      Meanwhile, up on the bridge, Kirk was having troubles of his own.

    • D. 

      The correct answer is unknown to me

  • 7. 
    Kirk was horrified to discover that McCoy's ex-girlfriend is a salt-sucker.For the above sentence, which of the following is true?
    • A. 

      There are two subjects.

    • B. 

      There is only one clause.

    • C. 

      'Salt-sucker' acts as an object.

    • D. 

      The correct answer is unknown to me

  • 8. 
    Lieutenant Uhura reports that the ship's computer has translated the Rigelian sentence 'Gro vati li tuku dre' as  'We've lowered our shields.' Given this information, what assumption can be made about Rigelian?
    • A. 

      The Rigelian word 'gro' translates to the English 'we'.

    • B. 

      All Rigelian words end in vowels.

    • C. 

      Given only this information, no assumption can be made.

    • D. 

      The correct answer is unknown to me

  • 9. 
    After careful study of the Zetan language, a colleague hypothesizes that while Zetan words can begin with 'st', they cannot end with 'st'. Your natural reaction is:
    • A. 

      If the examined body of data is large enough, it is a logical hypothesis.

    • B. 

      The hypothesis is in error because if a language can begin words with a sound, it can also ends words with that sound.

    • C. 

      Given only this information, no assumption can be made.

    • D. 

      The correct answer is unknown to me

  • 10. 
    Your assessment has been logged, cadet, and you will receive your results upon completion of the final phase. For the next phase, however, you will be given access to the Federation memory banks containing recordings of the Kelkonian language. It is important that you take as much time as you need when listening to the recordings in order to familiarize yourself with Kelkonian words and syntax. The assessment of your skills will begin with prepositions and then proceed to nouns and verbs. To assess your overall aural comprehension, at the end of the phase you will hear a Kelkonian transmission and be asked to translate the main ideas expressed. Being that this assessment is purely for aural comprehension of the Kelkonian language, you do not have to memorize the spelling of each word. Yet, a notebook and writing instrument is recommended so that you may make notes of the recordings.When you are ready, cadet, you may proceed.
  • 11. 
    Prepositions Below are three Kelkonian Prepositions for you to memorize. Listen to the recordings as many times as you need. When you believe you would recognize the words in context, please proceed to the next phase of the assessment.1. lek - at, to, toward2. ton - from​3. stin - around 
  • 12. 
    Preposition TestYour task is to identify the preposition(s) in each of the following recordings, each recording being a list of Kelkonian words. The recordings contain some words that you have not yet learned, and you may listen to the recordings as many times as you need. Be aware that there may be multiple prepositions present in each recording, or none at all, so please select all that you identify. As incorrect answers will now detract from your score, please make note of the following:SCORING:Correct answers are 5 points each.Incorrect answers are -1 point each.Choosing 'The correct answer is unknown to me' does not affect your score. (0 points)
  • 13. 
    Preposition Test: Question 1 
    • A. 

      Lek - at, to, toward

    • B. 

      Ton - from

    • C. 

      Stin - around

    • D. 

      None of the above

    • E. 

      The correct answer is unknown to me

  • 14. 
    Preposition Test: Question 2 
    • A. 

      Lek - at, to, toward

    • B. 

      Ton - from

    • C. 

      Stin - around

    • D. 

      None of the above

    • E. 

      The correct answer is unknown to me

  • 15. 
    Preposition Test: Question 3 
    • A. 

      Lek - at, to, toward

    • B. 

      Ton - from

    • C. 

      Stin - around

    • D. 

      None of the above

    • E. 

      The correct answer is unknown to me

  • 16. 
    Prepositional Phrases We will now add the Kelkonian noun 'dalast' (ship) to create prepositional phrases. Again, listen to the recordings as many times as you need.Language Note: Similar to the Earth languages of Russian and Japanese, Kelkonian does not make use of articles (aan, and the in English). Therefore, the noun immediately follows the preposition.Noundalast - ship1. lek dalast - at/to/toward the ship 2. ton dalast - from the ship 3. stin dalast - around the ship 
  • 17. 
    PREPOSITIONAL PHRASE TEST Upon continuing to the next page, you will immediately hear three beeps and a cue tone followed by a recording that will be repeated three times. The recording will contain some words and phrases that are unknown to you, but it is your task to indicate which of the prepositions or prepositional phrases, if any, you have heard. Therefore, you may select any number of responses. If you hear a complete prepositional phrase that is known to you, only select the pertinent response and not the related isolated preposition. If you hear prepositions in isolation, you should select the applicable response. However, it is possible that you will also hear a preposition more than once – both in a known prepositional phrase and in an unknown construction – in which case you should then select both options. (e.g. If you hear both "stin dalast" and "stin olst", you should select both the complete prepositional phrase "stin dalast" and the isolated "stin".) Please note that for this test phase, you will not be able to replay the recording, so it is important for you to listen closely. The department suggests that you take notes during the recording, so that you can select your answer(s) after the third repetition. In all, there are three questions in this section, and upon answering the first and proceeding to the second, you will again immediately hear the transmission. Therefore be prepared to listen to each recording and answer each question without break. Once again, incorrect answers will detract from your score.SCORING:Correct answers are 5 points each.Incorrect answers are -1 point each.Choosing 'The correct answer is unknown to me' does not affect your score. (0 points)When you are ready, cadet, you may proceed.Vocabulary Review:Prepositionslek - at, to, towardton - fromstin - aroundNounsdalast - ship
  • 18. 
    Prepositional Phrase Test: Question 1 
    • A. 

      Lek - at/to/toward

    • B. 

      Ton - from

    • C. 

      Stin - around

    • D. 

      Lek dalast - at/to/toward the ship

    • E. 

      Ton dalast - from the ship

    • F. 

      Stin dalast - around the ship

    • G. 

      None of the above

    • H. 

      The correct answer is unknown to me

  • 19. 
    Prepositional Phrase Test: Question 2
    • A. 

      Lek - at/to/toward

    • B. 

      Ton - from

    • C. 

      Stin - around

    • D. 

      Lek dalast - at/to/toward the ship

    • E. 

      Ton dalast - from the ship

    • F. 

      Stin dalast - around the ship

    • G. 

      None of the above

    • H. 

      The correct answer is unknown to me

  • 20. 
    Prepositional Phrase Test: Question 3
    • A. 

      Lek - at/to/toward

    • B. 

      Ton - from

    • C. 

      Stin - around

    • D. 

      Lek dalast - at/to/toward the ship

    • E. 

      Ton dalast - from the ship

    • F. 

      Stin dalast - around the ship

    • G. 

      None of the above

    • H. 

      The correct answer is unknown to me

  • 21. 
    NOUNS Below are two more Kelkonian nouns for you to memorize. Listen to the recordings as many times as you need. When you believe you would recognize the words in context, please proceed to the next phase of the assessment.1. dumon - enemy 2. beyon - shuttle  
  • 22. 
    Noun Test Your task is to identify the noun(s) heard in each of the following recordings. You may listen to the recordings as many times as needed before making your selection. Please note that in each transmission there may be multiple nouns or none at all, so please select only the noun(s) you identify. Incorrect answers will detract from your score. Scoring:Correct answers are 5 points each.Incorrect answers are -1 point each.Choosing 'The correct answer is unknown to me' does not affect your score. (0 points) 
  • 23. 
    Noun Test: Question 1
    • A. 

      Dumon - enemy

    • B. 

      Dalast - ship

    • C. 

      Beyon - shuttle

    • D. 

      None of the above

    • E. 

      The correct answer is unknown to me

  • 24. 
    Noun Test: Question 2
    • A. 

      Dumon - enemy

    • B. 

      Dalast - ship

    • C. 

      Beyon - shuttle

    • D. 

      None of the above

    • E. 

      The correct answer is unknown to me

  • 25. 
    Noun Test: Question 3
    • A. 

      Dumon - enemy

    • B. 

      Dalast - ship

    • C. 

      Beyon - shuttle

    • D. 

      None of the above

    • E. 

      The correct answer is unknown to me

  • 26. 
    VERBSBelow are four Kelkonian verbs for you to memorize. Listen to the recordings as many times as you need. When you believe you would recognize the words in context, please proceed to the next phase of the assessment.Language Note: For the concepts of sending and receiving messages/transmissions, Kelkonian uses only the verbs. Therefore, is should be noted that the concept of "message/transmission" is incorporated into the verb itself.​1. yastik - send a message​2. listik - receive a message  3. kontik - fire4. eltik - veer 
  • 27. 
    Verb Test Your task is to identify the verb(s) heard in each of the following recordings. You may listen to the recordings as many times as needed before making your selection. Please note that in each transmission there may be multiple verbs or none at all, so please select only the verbs you identify. Incorrect answer will detract from your score.Scoring:Correct answers are 5 points each.Incorrect answers are -1 point each.Choosing 'The correct answer is unknown to me' does not affect your score. (0 points) 
  • 28. 
    Verb Test: Question 1 
    • A. 

      Yastik - send a message

    • B. 

      Listik - receive a message

    • C. 

      Kontik - fire

    • D. 

      Eltik - veer

    • E. 

      None of the above

    • F. 

      The correct answer is unknown to me

  • 29. 
    Verb Test: Question 2  
    • A. 

      Yastik - send a message

    • B. 

      Listik - receive a message

    • C. 

      Kontik - fire

    • D. 

      Eltik - veer

    • E. 

      None of the above

    • F. 

      The correct answer is unknown to me

  • 30. 
    Verb Test: Question 3 
    • A. 

      Yastik - send a message

    • B. 

      Listik - receive a message

    • C. 

      Kontik - fire

    • D. 

      Eltik - veer

    • E. 

      None of the above

    • F. 

      The correct answer is unknown to me

  • 31. 
    NOUN AND VERB TESTUpon continuing to the next page, you will immediately hear three beeps followed by a Kelkonian transmission that will be repeated three times. Using the check boxes, please indicate which combination of nouns and verbs, if any, you have heard. Please note that for this phase, you will not be able to replay the dialogue, so it is important for you to listen closely.In all, there are three questions in this section, and upon answering the first and proceeding to the second, you will again immediately hear the transmission. Therefore, please be prepared to listen to each transmission and answer each question without break. Again, it is suggested that you make written notes during the transmission and supply the answers after the transmission. Incorrect answers detract from your score.Scoring:Correct answers are 5 points each.Incorrect answers are -1 point each.Choosing 'The correct answer is unknown to me' does not affect your score. (0 points)When you are ready, cadet, you may proceed.  
  • 32. 
    Noun and Verb Test: Question 1
    • A. 

      Dumon yastik - the enemy is sending a message

    • B. 

      Dumon listik - the enemy is receiving a message

    • C. 

      Dumon kontik - the enemy is firing

    • D. 

      Dumon eltik - the enemy is veering

    • E. 

      Dalast yastik - the ship is sending a message

    • F. 

      Dalast listik - the ship is receiving a message

    • G. 

      Dalast kontik - the enemy is firing

    • H. 

      Dalast eltik - the enemy is veering

    • I. 

      Beyon yastik - the shuttle is sending a message

    • J. 

      Beyon listik - the shuttle is receiving a message

    • K. 

      Beyon kontik - the shuttle is firing

    • L. 

      Beyon eltik - the shuttle is veering

    • M. 

      None of the above

    • N. 

      The correct answer is unknown to me

  • 33. 
    Noun and Verb Test: Question 2
    • A. 

      Dumon yastik - the enemy is sending a message

    • B. 

      Dumon listik - the enemy is receiving a message

    • C. 

      Dumon kontik - the enemy is firing

    • D. 

      Dumon eltik - the enemy is veering

    • E. 

      Dalast yastik - the ship is sending a message

    • F. 

      Dalast listik - the ship is receiving a message

    • G. 

      Dalast kontik - the enemy is firing

    • H. 

      Dalast eltik - the enemy is veering

    • I. 

      Beyon yastik - the shuttle is sending a message

    • J. 

      Beyon listik - the shuttle is receiving a message

    • K. 

      Beyon kontik - the shuttle is firing

    • L. 

      Beyon eltik - the shuttle is veering

    • M. 

      None of the above

    • N. 

      The correct answer is unknown to me

  • 34. 
    Noun and Verb Test: Question 3
    • A. 

      Dumon yastik - the enemy is sending a message

    • B. 

      Dumon listik - the enemy is receiving a message

    • C. 

      Dumon kontik - the enemy is firing

    • D. 

      Dumon eltik - the enemy is veering

    • E. 

      Dalast yastik - the ship is sending a message

    • F. 

      Dalast listik - the ship is receiving a message

    • G. 

      Dalast kontik - the ship is firing

    • H. 

      Dalast eltik - the ship is veering

    • I. 

      Beyon yastik - the shuttle is sending a message

    • J. 

      Beyon listik - the shuttle is receiving a message

    • K. 

      Beyon kontik - the shuttle is firing

    • L. 

      Beyon eltik - the shuttle is veering

    • M. 

      None of the above

    • N. 

      The correct answer is unknown to me

  • 35. 
    This recording contains the Kelkonian vocabulary you have learned. You may listen to it as many times as you need before continuing to the final assessment. Vocabulary ReviewPrepositionslek - at, to, towardton - fromstin - aroundNounsdumon - enemydalast - shipbeyon -shuttleVerbsyastik - send a messagelistik -receive a messagekontik - fireeltik - veer 
  • 36. 
    This is the final phase of your introductory training, cadet, and it is an overall assessment of your comprehension of a Kelkonian transmission given the limited exposure you have had to the language. Below is a brief scenario that you should read carefully in order to understand exactly what is expected of you. THE MISSION:You have been assigned as a linguist second-class to the USS Enterprise, a Constitution-class starship with a five-year mission of deep-space exploration. Attacked by Romulon forces on Stardate 4638.2, the ship has suffered damage but was, under expert command, able to escape to the Epsilon-Omega star system. This system is home to the twin planets of Melkon and Kelkon, whose inhabitants have been at war with each other for nearly six centuries. Naturally aggressive, both the Melkonians and Kelkonians consider all outsiders to also be their enemy.The Enterprise is in need of repairs, and though the phasers are still operable, the transporter system is not. Moreover, a magnetic storm is prohibiting communication to both planets. Therefore, in order to safely effect repairs, the ship's captain has taken a calculated risk: he has placed the ship into Melkonian orbit and dispatched a delegate crew aboard the shuttlecraft. His intention is to establish harmonious relations with the Melkonians by declaring Federation neutrality in interplanetary affairs.As the shuttle begins its journey to the planet surface, however, the Melkonians dispatch a fighter craft. Also entering into the fray is a Kelkonian warship, its intentions unknown. Concurrently, the Enterprise's communication officer has managed to open certain frequencies that now allow the sporadic dispatch and receipt of transmissions, which concurrently allows you to monitor Kelkonian ship-to-shore communications. Immediately, you notice that the transmissions are reports of the current events. Your job, cadet, is to translate and log these events. REVIEW:Before proceeding to the final assessment, you may study the presented vocabulary one final time.Prepositions:lek - at, to, towardton - fromstin - aroundNouns:dumon - enemydalast - shipbeyon - shuttleVerbs:yastik - send a messagelistik - receive a messagekontik - fireeltik - veer FINAL INSTRUCTIONS:Once again, cadet, upon continuing to the next page, you will immediately hear three beeps and a cue tone followed by a transmission intercepted from the Kelkonian ship. The transmission will be repeated five times. For this part of your assessment, you will be presented only with English translations, and your task is to indicate which events the Kelkonians have transmitted to their home planet. Please note that for this phase you will not be able to replay the ship's log, so it is important that you listen closely and take notes.So that you may prepare yourself for the design of the final assessment, the following is a small sample of the complete possibilities, of which there are forty-two. You will be required to check ONLY THE TRANSMISSIONS YOU HEAR, and extraneous interpretations will be marked as incorrect. In order to facilitate the location of the translated transmissions, they are grouped by subject (enemy, ship, shuttle), verb (send, receive, fire, veer), and preposition (at/to/toward, from, around). SAMPLE The enemy is sending a message to the shipThe enemy is sending a message to the shuttle. The shuttle is receiving a message from the enemy.The shuttle is receiving a message from the ship.The ship is veering toward the enemy.The ship is veering toward the shuttleLanguage Note: Because Kelkonians regard all outsiders as enemies, the word 'enemy' can refer to either the Federation or the Melkonians.Scoring:Correct answers are 1.25 points each.Incorrect answers are -1 point each.Choosing 'The correct answer is unknown to me' does not affect your score. (0 points)When you are ready, cadet, you may begin.
  • 37. 
    Final Assessment of Comprehension
    • A. 

      The enemy is sending a message to the ship.

    • B. 

      The enemy is sending a message to the shuttle.

    • C. 

      The enemy is sending a message from the ship.

    • D. 

      The enemy is sending a message from the shuttle.

    • E. 

      The enemy is receiving a message from the ship.

    • F. 

      The enemy is receiving a message from the shuttle.

    • G. 

      The enemy is firing at the ship.

    • H. 

      The enemy is firing at the shuttle.

    • I. 

      The enemy is firing from the ship.

    • J. 

      The enemy is firing from the shuttle.

    • K. 

      The enemy is firing around the ship.

    • L. 

      The enemy is firing around the shuttle.

    • M. 

      The enemy is veering toward the ship.

    • N. 

      The enemy is veering toward the shuttle.

    • O. 

      The enemy is veering from the ship.

    • P. 

      The enemy is veering from the shuttle.

    • Q. 

      The enemy is veering around the ship.

    • R. 

      The enemy is veering around the shuttle.

    • S. 

      The ship is sending a message to the enemy.

    • T. 

      The ship is sending a message to the shuttle.

    • U. 

      The ship is receiving a message from the enemy.

    • V. 

      The ship is receiving a message from the shuttle.

    • W. 

      The ship is firing at the enemy.

    • X. 

      The ship is firing around the enemy.

    • Y. 

      The ship is veering toward the enemy.

    • Z. 

      The ship is veering toward the shuttle.

    • The ship is veering from the enemy.

    • The ship is veering from the shuttle.

    • The ship is veering around the enemy.

    • The ship is veering around the shuttle.

    • The shuttle is sending a message to the ship.

    • The shuttle is sending a message to the enemy.

    • The shuttle is receiving a message from the ship.

    • The shuttle is receiving a message from the enemy.

    • The shuttle is firing at the enemy.

    • The shuttle is firing around the enemy.

    • The shuttle is veering toward the ship.

    • The shuttle is veering toward the enemy.

    • The shuttle is veering from the ship.

    • The shuttle is veering from the enemy.

    • The shuttle is veering around the ship.

    • The shuttle is veering around the enemy.

    • None of the above.

    • The correct answer is unknown to me.