The Story of English Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is a simplified language that develops as a means of communication between two or more groups that do not have a language in common?

2. What do the authors claim denote information about a speaker's life and career and explain community values?

3. The Puritans were most highly concentrated where?

4. Who wrote The American Language?

5. When was the original edition of The Story of English published?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What examples do the authors give in Chapter 1, An English-Speaking World for the history of success of the English language?

5. What is notable about the standardization of English throughout history? What examples do the authors give in Chapter 1, An English-Speaking World?

6. Who was William Shakespeare and what impact did he have on the English language?

7. What became of the Germanic tribes described in Chapter 2, The Mother Tongue? Where did they spread?

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

9. What is the difficulty of explaining sounds of language, according to the authors? What resources can help the reader in grasping dialect?

10. What did James I do to reduce the rule of Celtic chiefs in Ulster?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the plight of the Scottish people throughout the Dark Ages. What were the effects of the invasions upon Scotland's people, culture, and language?

Essay Topic 2

How can we know how the English language sounded hundreds of years ago? What resources do we have today to examine and analyze dialects? What changes have made this possible?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the Act of Union of 1803 in Great Britain and its effects on the Irish language and culture. What remains of the Irish language today?

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