The Big Quiz On Language Origins

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  • 1. 
    Ironically enough, the word "mistress" originally comes from the French for what?
    • A. 

      Male

    • B. 

      Harmony

    • C. 

      Follower

    • D. 

      Bride

  • 2. 
    The word "lobster" takes its name from the Latin for which insect?
    • A. 

      Locust

    • B. 

      Beetle

    • C. 

      Moth

    • D. 

      Ant

  • 3. 
    The word "light" comes from the Latin word for which celestial body?
    • A. 

      Sun

    • B. 

      Moon

    • C. 

      Planet

    • D. 

      Star

  • 4. 
    The word "hazard" comes from an Arabic term for what?
    • A. 

      Drum

    • B. 

      Dice

    • C. 

      Demon

    • D. 

      Disaster

  • 5. 
    The word "chocolate" originally stems from the language of which civilization?
    • A. 

      Incas

    • B. 

      Olmec

    • C. 

      Mayans

    • D. 

      Aztecs

  • 6. 
    What is the general term for an impairment in language ability?
    • A. 

      Agnosia

    • B. 

      Apraxia

    • C. 

      Ataxia

    • D. 

      Aphasia

  • 7. 
    William Jones is most famous for discovering the relation between Latin and which language?
    • A. 

      English

    • B. 

      Greek

    • C. 

      Hebrew

    • D. 

      Sanskrit

  • 8. 
    "Pulling my leg" and "keep an eye out" are examples of which literary device?
    • A. 

      Idiom

    • B. 

      Synecdoche

    • C. 

      Simile

    • D. 

      Allusion

  • 9. 
    Which linguist created Esperanto?
    • A. 

      L.L. Zamenhof

    • B. 

      Petro Stojan

    • C. 

      Charles Kay Ogden

    • D. 

      George Dalgarno

  • 10. 
    Walloon is a language spoken widely in parts of which country?
    • A. 

      Belgium

    • B. 

      Norway

    • C. 

      Wales

    • D. 

      Australia

  • 11. 
    Afrikaans is an official language of which country?
    • A. 

      Namibia

    • B. 

      Kenya

    • C. 

      Nigeria

    • D. 

      South Africa

  • 12. 
    As of 2012, which part of Canada recognizes Inuktitut and Inuvialuktun as official languages?
    • A. 

      Yukon Territory

    • B. 

      Labrador

    • C. 

      Northwest Territories

    • D. 

      Nunavut

  • 13. 
    As of 2012, the official languages of Israel are Hebrew and which other language?
    • A. 

      German

    • B. 

      English

    • C. 

      Aramaic

    • D. 

      Arabic

  • 14. 
    Undeciphered as of 2012, the writing system known as Linear A was used on which island?
    • A. 

      Great Britain

    • B. 

      Crete

    • C. 

      Sicily

    • D. 

      Madagascar

  • 15. 
    Which of the following scripts is not part of the modern Japanese writing system?
    • A. 

      Katakana

    • B. 

      Hanja

    • C. 

      Kanji

    • D. 

      Hiragana

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