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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The Puritans were most highly concentrated where?
(a) East Anglia.
(b) New Hampshire.
(c) Wessex.
(d) Northumbria.

2. 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.

3. Northern Germany, Denmark, and the Netherlands produced their own language tree that divided into what and German?
(a) Norse.
(b) Celtic.
(c) Welsh.
(d) English.

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

5. Who is quoted from his Preface to A Dictionary of the English Language in the Introduction?
(a) Daniel Webster.
(b) Anderson Williams.
(c) Dr. Samuel Johnson.
(d) William Cran.

Short Answer Questions

1. What Latin-speaking philosopher and theologian was a major figure in the development of Western Christianity?

2. After World War II, which national economy sent multinational corporations across the world and into NATO and the UN?

3. Which of the early Germanic tribes had speech that was Germanic and they lived Denmark?

4. What NASA space probe was launched during the original writing of The Story of English (Edition One)?

5. For what newspaper is Robert McCrum listed as Literary Editor in the Introduction?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do we know how the English language sounded hundreds of years ago? What do the authors relate about grammatical shifts in the Introduction?

2. What cultural wars and battles helped to create the English language, according to the authors in Chapter 2, The Mother Tongue?

3. When did the Scottish dialect fall into decline? What led to its standardization?

4. What impact did the printing press and the scientific revolution have on the English language?

5. Samuel Johnson's dictionary had what impact on the Scottish dialect? What were Johnson's experiences in Scotland?

6. When was the Scottish tongue at its peak? What caused its downfall?

7. When did James I come to the British throne? What major impact did he have on the English language?

8. What do the authors of The Story of English rely upon to relate the history of the English language?

9. What do the authors assert about the state of flux of the English language in the Introduction?

10. What do the authors assert is the common ancestry of all languages? What happened to most of them?

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