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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. What is a term used for both dialects of English and English-based pidgins and creoles, and whose meaning depends considerably upon the context, and particularly the part of the world?
(a) Native English.
(b) Pidgin English.
(c) Nonstandard English.
(d) Black English.

2. Daniel Webster was a leader in what political party?
(a) Tories.
(b) Republican.
(c) Labor.
(d) Whigs.

3. How many people in America claim to be of Irish descent today?
(a) 20,000,000.
(b) 40,000,000.
(c) 2,000,000.
(d) 5,000,000.

4. Where was the slave trade centered in Great Britain?
(a) Essex.
(b) Bristol.
(c) Ireland.
(d) London.

5. In what decade did Australian English come to be of interest in other English speaking countries?
(a) 1970s.
(b) 1990s.
(c) 1960s.
(d) 1980s.

Short Answer Questions

1. The United States is how many times the size of the United Kingdom?

2. Initially what percentage of Australians were English convicts?

3. The culture of Ireland rose to a high point in what century?

4. What is an English-based creole of Sierra Leone, a first language of the residents of Freetown and its environs, and a lingua franca elsewhere in the country?

5. The English conquered and warred with the Irish for over how many years?

Short Essay Questions

1. How has English developed among African nations?

2. What impact did Black English have on whites in the American South?

3. What impact did the slave ships in the Caribbean have on the spread of the English language?

4. When was English first introduced to India? What led to its development there?

5. Where was the slave trade centered in England? How did blacks and whites communicate?

6. Where is the Irish language preserved in the New World? Where did the Irish immigrate to in America?

7. When and how did Australian English develop?

8. What international influences came to the English language from New York?

9. What is the source of inspiration for Irish literature? When did Irish culture rise to its high point?

10. What words developed from the spread of Americans to the West?

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