Test Quiz On Language Origins

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  • 1. 
    In early 2009, a study determined that there were about how many living human languages?
    • A. 

      69000

    • B. 

      69

    • C. 

      6900

    • D. 

      690

  • 2. 
    Which of the following is an example of a language isolate?
    • A. 

      Korean

    • B. 

      Basque

    • C. 

      Arabic

    • D. 

      Afrikaans

  • 3. 
    Speakers of which of the major language families represent 46% of the world's population?
    • A. 

      Sino-Tibetan

    • B. 

      Niger-Congo

    • C. 

      Afro-Asiatic

    • D. 

      Indo-European

  • 4. 
    Which variety of the Chinese language is spoken by over a billion people as of 2012?
    • A. 

      Hakka

    • B. 

      Yue

    • C. 

      Min

    • D. 

      Mandarin

  • 5. 
    Which of the following Chinese cities historically had a concentration of Wu Chinese speakers?
    • A. 

      Shanghai

    • B. 

      Hong Kong

    • C. 

      Changsha

    • D. 

      Beijing

  • 6. 
    Swahili belongs to which language family?
    • A. 

      Niger-Congo

    • B. 

      Ibero-Caucasian

    • C. 

      Afro-Asiatic

    • D. 

      Na-Dene

  • 7. 
    The so-called Romance languages are all derived from which mother language?
    • A. 

      Greek

    • B. 

      Latin

    • C. 

      Hebrew

    • D. 

      French

  • 8. 
    Which of the Indo-European languages has the most speakers as of 2012?
    • A. 

      French

    • B. 

      Spanish

    • C. 

      Portuguese

    • D. 

      English

  • 9. 
    Which of the following languages had over 70 million speakers in 2009?
    • A. 

      Urdu

    • B. 

      Thai

    • C. 

      Javanese

    • D. 

      Italian

  • 10. 
    As of 2012, which of the following is not an official language of the United Nations?
    • A. 

      French

    • B. 

      Chinese

    • C. 

      Russian

    • D. 

      Japanese

  • 11. 
    As of 2012, which of the following is an official language of the World Trade Organization?
    • A. 

      Chinese

    • B. 

      French

    • C. 

      German

    • D. 

      Arabic

  • 12. 
    What is the term for a stable language arising from the mixing of two other languages?
    • A. 

      Creole

    • B. 

      Derivative

    • C. 

      Beta Language

    • D. 

      Phocom

  • 13. 
    What is sometimes defined as the smallest unit of grammar which can stand alone?
    • A. 

      Sentence

    • B. 

      Phoneme

    • C. 

      Clause

    • D. 

      Word

  • 14. 
    What form of a verb describes a noun, and thus also functions as an adjective?
    • A. 

      Gerund

    • B. 

      Transitive

    • C. 

      Interjective

    • D. 

      Participle

  • 15. 
    The English word "alarm" comes from an Italian term meaning what?
    • A. 

      Fire!

    • B. 

      Danger!

    • C. 

      To Arms!

    • D. 

      Run Away!

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