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. Who wrote Treasure Island?

2. Who were among the first English-speaking migrants to the west and their descendants live in Cornwall, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and Brittany?

3. What is the name of the dialect generally associated with the British working class?

4. How many people spoke English in Shakespeare's time?

5. What is another word for Old English?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who spread the English language to the west initially? Who are their descendants?

3. What do the authors write of the advances from broadcasting on English in Chapter 1, An English-Speaking World?

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

5. When did Julius Caesar invade the Celts? What was the result?

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

7. What do the authors write regarding the fluidity of accents and culture in Chapter 1, An English-Speaking World?

8. What impact did the invasion of the Anglo-Saxons have on the Celtic language? Why?

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

10. What do the authors write of the New World and its influence on English in Chapter 2, The Mother Tongue?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the history of Ireland's struggles with England. When did the domination of Ireland begin? What were the consequences? How was language affected?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the English language in comparison with others, such as German, French, or Spanish. What makes English easier or harder to learn? How do grammatical rules differ?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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