The History Of The English Language

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The History Of The English Language

This is a multiple-choice quiz. It is for university students who study language. It is about English language history.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The ultimate origins of the English language lie in which language family?
    • A. 

      Indo-European

    • B. 

      Latin

    • C. 

      North American

  • 2. 
    Which one of the following texts was composed during the Old English period?
    • A. 

      The Canterbury Tales

    • B. 

      Beowulf

    • C. 

      Fyrst Boke of the Introduction of Knowledge

  • 3. 
    Another name for old english is Anglo-Saxon
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    During the Middle English period, many words were borrowed from Celtic and Old Norse language.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    During which decade did the number of speakers of English as a second language exceed the number of native speakers for the first time?
    • A. 

      1920s

    • B. 

      1950s

    • C. 

      1930s

  • 6. 
    Who published the book Dissertations on the English Language (1789), which advocated an American standard of usage?
    • A. 

      Noah Webster

    • B. 

      John Webster

    • C. 

      Daniel Webster

  • 7. 
     Published in 1604, the first monolingual English dictionary was Robert Cawdrey's Table Alphabeticall.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False