The Story of English Quiz | Eight Week Quiz B

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 2, The Mother Tongue.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Approximately how many people speak English as their first language today?
(a) 654 million.
(b) 375 million.
(c) 800 million.
(d) 230 million.

2. The Story of English was created alongside a nine-part television series for what network?
(a) NBC.
(b) CBS.
(c) ABC.
(d) PBS.

3. Approximately how many words are in the English language?
(a) 500,000.
(b) 1,000,000.
(c) 100,000.
(d) 200,000.

4. Which novelist defined English language fanatics as "Snoots"?
(a) James Alexander Wallace.
(b) Jonathan Swift.
(c) David Foster Wallace.
(d) Mark Twain.

5. What Latin-speaking philosopher and theologian was a major figure in the development of Western Christianity?
(a) St. Peter.
(b) St. Augustine.
(c) St. Mark.
(d) St. Patrick.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who remain the most direct descendants of the Celts?

2. When did Robert MacNeil retire, according to his bio in the Introduction?

3. What is a simplified language that develops as a means of communication between two or more groups that do not have a language in common?

4. Who wrote The American Language?

5. When was William Shakespeare born?

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