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Robert McCrum
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When was Ivanhoe written?
(a) 1915.
(b) 1695.
(c) 1819.
(d) 1803.

2. Who is the author of Ivanhoe?
(a) Samuel Johnson.
(b) Andrew Webster.
(c) Robert Burns.
(d) Sir Walter Scott.

3. Who initiated the English Reformation?
(a) King Henry VIII.
(b) King George II.
(c) Queen Elizabeth.
(d) King Leopold I.

4. Who wrote Treasure Island?
(a) Robert Burns.
(b) Sir Walter Scott.
(c) Robert Louis Stevenson.
(d) William Shakespeare.

5. Which of the early Germanic tribes had speech that was Germanic and they lived Denmark?
(a) Anglii.
(b) Celti.
(c) Buchi.
(d) Frisii.

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

7. Robert McCrum was Editor-in-Chief of what publishing house from 1979-1996?
(a) Simon and Schuster.
(b) Faber and Faber.
(c) Penguin.
(d) Fitzgerald and Fitzgerald.

8. When did the Romans withdraw from Britain?
(a) 110 A.D.
(b) 520 A.D.
(c) 210 A.D.
(d) 410 A.D.

9. Which of the four ethnic groups that invaded Scotland during the Dark Ages united the kingdom?
(a) The Illiuni.
(b) The Finni.
(c) The Asti.
(d) The Scotti.

10. Linguists know that languages spoken by around how much of humanity came from a common Indo-European source?
(a) One half.
(b) One third.
(c) One fourth.
(d) One fifth.

11. The number of books in England did what after the invention of the printing press?
(a) Quadrupled.
(b) Doubled.
(c) Halved.
(d) Tripled.

12. James VI of Scotland became James I of England in what year?
(a) 1596.
(b) 1702.
(c) 1557.
(d) 1603.

13. The people of what country have recently developed a fanatical desire to learn English, and English is vital in many developing countries, according to the author?
(a) China.
(b) Israel.
(c) Korea.
(d) Germany.

14. What do the authors claim denote information about a speaker's life and career and explain community values?
(a) Languages.
(b) Vocabularies.
(c) Styles.
(d) Accents.

15. When did Elizabeth become Queen of England?
(a) 1830.
(b) 1558.
(c) 1493.
(d) 1530.

Short Answer Questions

1. Global English is either British or what?

2. Which of the early Germanic tribes lived in Northern Germany?

3. English is the official language of how many countries?

4. What was the first successful English settlement on the mainland of North America?

5. When was the Education Act passed in the United Kingdom?

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