The Story Of English

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This quiz will train you knowledge of the book The Story of English. It contains various questions on the most important issues.


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  • 1. 
    Approximately how many catalogued words does the English language count today?
    • A. 

      100,000

    • B. 

      250,000

    • C. 

      400,000

    • D. 

      500,000

  • 2. 
    The invasion by the Normans was in?
    • A. 

      650

    • B. 

      788

    • C. 

      1066

    • D. 

      1244

  • 3. 
    Fill in the gap.The Civilizing energies of the Anglo-Saxons received an enormous boost when ______________   brought its huge Latin vocabulary to England in the year AD 597.
  • 4. 
    After the Norman invasion of 1066, there were three main factors that helped English survive the period that followed.Three out of four answers below are true. Select the one that is not true.
    • A. 

      Normans began to intermarry with those they had conquered.

    • B. 

      The Anglo-Normans eventually lost their French territory across the Channel.

    • C. 

      The Normans never conducted important institutes of society such as religion, law, science and literature in French.

    • D. 

      The Old-English vernacular, both written and spoken, was simply too well established and too vigorous.

  • 5. 
    What was the most vital simplification when we went from Old-English to Middle-English?
    • A. 

      The loss of Old English word endings, which were replaced by prepositions.

    • B. 

      Under the influence of French, the sound that was written as 'y' was replaced by 'u'.

    • C. 

      The triangle of Oxford, Cambridge and London was established. RP (received pronunciation) was born.

    • D. 

      Words could now be used much more freely. That is, you were now allowed to use 'nouns' as 'verbs', which made the language easier for the common man.

  • 6. 
    Sir Walter Ralegh was: 
    • A. 

      A nobleman who, in name of the King, ordered 200 men to journey to India to settle there.

    • B. 

      A nobleman who drowned in a storm with the famous last words 'We are as neer to heaven by sea as by land.'

    • C. 

      A nobleman who chartered two ships to sail to the New World in 1584, and reached the shores of North Carolina on 13 July.

    • D. 

      A nobleman who succesfully established the first permanent settlement on the shores of America.

  • 7. 
    Þū ūre fæder, þe eart on heofonum, sȳ þīn nama ʒehālʒod.Cume ðīn rīce.Sȳ ðīn wylla on eorðan swāswā on heofonum.Syle ūs tōdæʒ ūrne dæʒhwāmlican hlāf.And forʒyf ūs ūre ʒyltas swāswā wē forʒyfað ðāmþe wið ūs āʒyltað.And ne lǣd ðū nā ūs on costnunʒe, ac ālȳs ūs fram ȳfeleIs the text you see above Old-English or Middle-English?
    • A. 

      Old-English

    • B. 

      Middle-English

  • 8. 
    'The charter of the French language in 1977, also known as Loi 101, was:
    • A. 

      A law in Quebec, Canada, that says French is the language of the majority of the population and therefore the only official language.

    • B. 

      A law that forbids English-speaking Canadians to move to the provence of Quebec, in order to prevent further deterioration of the French tongue.

    • C. 

      A law in France that was enacted to abolish a number of loan words from English and to replace them with pure, French words, such as 'l'ordinateur' instead of 'personal computer'

  • 9. 
    A simplified language that develops as a means of communication between two or more groups that do not have a language in commonThe definition above refers to a specific phenomenon in the language. What is the general term for this? 
  • 10. 
    True or False1. To British ears, American English can sometimes sound like or have very striking characteristics of sixteenth- and early-seventeenth century English. 2. 'Brioche, jambalaya, and praline' are all examples of words that were introduced to (American) English under the influence of Spanish-speaking areas. 
    • A. 

      Both are true

    • B. 

      Both are false

    • C. 

      1. is true and 2. is false

    • D. 

      1 is false and 2. is true.

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