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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. How many Germans have emigrated to the United States since 1776?
(a) 2 million.
(b) 7 million.
(c) 6 million.
(d) 14 million.

2. What dialect is associated with the lower classes in England?
(a) Queen's English.
(b) Cockney.
(c) Estuary.
(d) RP.

3. What is the capital of New Zealand?
(a) Sydney.
(b) Binghamshire.
(c) Oxford.
(d) Wellington.

4. Who wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin?
(a) Mark Twain.
(b) Samuel Johnson.
(c) Harriet Beecher Stowe.
(d) James McDougal.

5. In order to find early Black American English, one must travel to the American South, especially Charlestown and where?
(a) Georgia.
(b) South Carolina.
(c) Mississippi.
(d) Louisiana.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many copies of Webster's Dictionary sold during the author's lifetime?

2. What language is associated with the Irish people?

3. What word refers to a process of conversion of verbal or written elements of any other language into a more comprehensible English form for an English speaker or to become English in form or character?

4. Newfoundland was founded in what year?

5. Irish culture is a mixture of Celtic and what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Following the domination of the Irish by England, what splits arose over religion?

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

4. How has English developed among African nations?

5. What has led to the further development of English in the Far East?

6. When did black pidgin languages first originate and why?

7. How have British and American accents diverged over time, according to the authors in Chapter 7, Pioneers! O Pioneers!?

8. How was Cockney stereotypically viewed in London? What governmental changes standardized it?

9. When and how did Australian English develop?

10. How did appreciation for the Australian dialect change in the 20th century? Why?

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