History Of English Language - Quiz 2

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It would be sad to that we do not know the history of the most spoken language in the world today. The quiz below will enlighten you on the history of the English language. All the best as you learn.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The printing press was introduced in England by:
    • A. 

      Paxton

    • B. 

      None of these

    • C. 

      Paxman

    • D. 

      Maxwell

    • E. 

      Caxton

  • 2. 
    A change whereby sounds become different is called:
    • A. 

      Assimilation

    • B. 

      Dissimilation

    • C. 

      Metathesis

    • D. 

      Epenthesis

    • E. 

      None of these

  • 3. 
    The following is a loanword keeping the original spelling:
    • A. 

      None of these

    • B. 

      Writ

    • C. 

      Ethics

    • D. 

      Debris

    • E. 

      Debt

  • 4. 
    The printing press was introduced in AD:
    • A. 

      None of these

    • B. 

      1399

    • C. 

      1476

    • D. 

      1251

    • E. 

      1162

  • 5. 
    A change whereby sounds are switched around is called:
    • A. 

      None of these

    • B. 

      Assimilation

    • C. 

      Metathesis

    • D. 

      Dissimilation

    • E. 

      Epenthesis

  • 6. 
    A change whereby sounds are instead is called:
    • A. 

      Epenthesis

    • B. 

      Assimilation

    • C. 

      Dissimilation

    • D. 

      None of these

    • E. 

      Metathesis

  • 7. 
    The Great Vowel Shift only affected vowels of the following kind:
    • A. 

      Short

    • B. 

      Long

    • C. 

      None of these

    • D. 

      Low

    • E. 

      High

  • 8. 
    A change whereby sounds become similar is called:
    • A. 

      Metathesis

    • B. 

      None of these

    • C. 

      Epenthesis

    • D. 

      Assimilation

    • E. 

      Dissimilation

  • 9. 
    Etymological respelling is seen in forms such as:
    • A. 

      Writ

    • B. 

      Debris

    • C. 

      Debt

    • D. 

      None of these

    • E. 

      Ethics

  • 10. 
    Standard English emergent in this century:
    • A. 

      15th

    • B. 

      18th

    • C. 

      17th

    • D. 

      None of these

    • E. 

      16th

  • 11. 
    He letter þ was adopted to Old English from another alphabet, namely
    • A. 

      The runic alphabet

    • B. 

      The ogham alphabet

    • C. 

      The Latin alphabet

    • D. 

      The Phoenician alphabet

    • E. 

      The Greek alphabet

  • 12. 
    Which of the following words is a clipping:
    • A. 

      Rip-off

    • B. 

      SUV

    • C. 

      Pasta

    • D. 

      Show-off

    • E. 

      Fridge

  • 13. 
    How could you best describe the change that occurs  between Old English thurh and Modern English through?
    • A. 

      Consonant cluster simplification

    • B. 

      Hypercorrection

    • C. 

      Palatalization

    • D. 

      Epenthesis

    • E. 

      Metathesis

  • 14. 
    Samuel Johnson (1709-84) thought that the role of academies was to stop language change. He had reservations about their use for the following reason:
    • A. 

      Academies are snobbish institutions

    • B. 

      Language change should be encouraged

    • C. 

      Language change is a good thing

    • D. 

      Language change cannot be stopped

    • E. 

      Language change should not be interfered with

  • 15. 
    Many English place names contain Old Norse elements. Which of the following elements is NOT from Old Norse:
    • A. 

      -toft(Eastoft)

    • B. 

      -by(Appleby)

    • C. 

      -thwaite(Applethwaite)

    • D. 

      -thorpe(Althorpe)

    • E. 

      -chester(Manchester)

  • 16. 
    Estuary English is super-regional. In which part of England did it originate?
    • A. 

      The North-East

    • B. 

      The South-East

    • C. 

      The North-West

    • D. 

      The South

    • E. 

      The South-West

  • 17. 
    There are a number of Modern English dialects. How many major dialects are standardly assumed to exist?
    • A. 

      32 kinds

    • B. 

      8 kinds

    • C. 

      16 kinds

    • D. 

      40 kinds

    • E. 

      24 kinds

  • 18. 
    Verbs like be and go have different forms in the present and the past. Such verbs are often called:
    • A. 

      Infinitives

    • B. 

      Defective verbs

    • C. 

      Suppletive verbs

    • D. 

      Auxiliaries

    • E. 

      Modals

  • 19. 
    The pronunciation of steak, great, yea, Reagan, and Yeats is interesting for the following reason having to do with the Great Vowel Shift(GVS):
    • A. 

      It shows that during the GVS names did funny things

    • B. 

      It exhibits a progressive post-GVS pronunciation

    • C. 

      It is an exception to the GVS due to French influence

    • D. 

      It shows that there was no regularity in the GVS

    • E. 

      It retains an archaic pre-GVS pronunciation

  • 20. 
    According to a part of Grimm´s Law voiceless stops became voiceless fricatives whereas voiced stops became voiceless stops. Which of the following change is not captured by that part of this rule?
    • A. 

      G > k

    • B. 

      P > f

    • C. 

      T > th (þ)

    • D. 

      Bh > b

    • E. 

      D > t

  • 21. 
    How could you best describe the change that occurs between Old English acsian and Modern English ask?
    • A. 

      Metathesis

    • B. 

      Hypercorrection

    • C. 

      Deletion

    • D. 

      Palatalization

    • E. 

      Epenthesis

  • 22. 
    One of the following is a type of an external change:
    • A. 

      Change from synthetic to analytic

    • B. 

      Loss of case markers

    • C. 

      Vowel shift

    • D. 

      Adoption of loanwords

    • E. 

      Loss of verbal endings

  • 23. 
    What is “Plato’s Problem” in linguistics?
    • A. 

      How come children acquire their language(s) so fast given that the input is so poor?

    • B. 

      How come children acquire their language(s) at all given that the input is so poor?

    • C. 

      How come children don’t acquire their language(s) faster given that the input is so rich?

    • D. 

      How come Greek children acquire their language faster than anyone else?

    • E. 

      How come children acquire a particular language at all?

  • 24. 
    Consider the sentence “I met this politician who I had often seen a picture of.” What is the linguistic term for the phenomenon exemplified here?
    • A. 

      Prescriptivism

    • B. 

      Stranding

    • C. 

      Case violation

    • D. 

      Pied-piping

    • E. 

      Wh-relativization

  • 25. 
    One of the following statements about Early Modern English morphology is false:
    • A. 

      Nouns are used as verbs and adjectives

    • B. 

      Agreement on verbs almost disappears

    • C. 

      Pronominal forms change

    • D. 

      Prepositions are inflected

    • E. 

      Case endings disappear