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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who published the Dictionary of the English Language in 1755?
(a) Daniel Johnson.
(b) James Joyce.
(c) Samuel Johnson.
(d) Daniel Webster.

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

3. Julius Caesar and his armies conquered Britain when?
(a) 34 B.C.
(b) 55 B.C.
(c) 44 B.C.
(d) 100 B.C.

4. Old English has barely how many Celtic words?
(a) 20.
(b) 30.
(c) 12.
(d) 10.

5. The establishment of what was an important moment for English as word choices had to be made for standard broadcasting?
(a) BBC.
(b) NBC.
(c) CBS.
(d) PBS.

6. Who was the leader of translation in the King James Bible?
(a) Johnson.
(b) Bois.
(c) Anderson.
(d) Webster.

7. What is the traditional site of disembarkation of William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims?
(a) Plymouth Rock.
(b) Nina Maria.
(c) Philadelphia.
(d) Ellis Island.

8. What was the first successful English settlement on the mainland of North America?
(a) Washington D.C.
(b) New York.
(c) Jamestown.
(d) Cooperstown.

9. Which name prefix did the Scots originate?
(a) An.
(b) Mc.
(c) Boyd.
(d) Ross.

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

11. When was the original edition of The Story of English published?
(a) 1980.
(b) 1990.
(c) 1986.
(d) 1975.

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

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

14. Who welcomed St. Augustine in England?
(a) King Ferdinand.
(b) King Charles.
(c) King Aethelbert.
(d) King Skaronn.

15. Who is Scotland's most celebrated poet?
(a) Samuel Beckett.
(b) Robert Burns.
(c) Sylvia Plath.
(d) Walt Whitman.

Short Answer Questions

1. What style of music was the invention of the Scots-Irish?

2. When was William Shakespeare born?

3. Scots is one of the oldest and most interesting varieties of English dating back to which centuries?

4. What is another word for Old English?

5. Where was Shakespeare born and raised?

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