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History of the English language: Quiz


Question 1: The original ________ remained in parts of Scotland, Wales and Cornwall (where Cornish was spoken into the 19th century)[5].
CeltsPan-CelticismCeltic languagesCeltic nations

Question 2: English has continuously adopted foreign words, especially from ________ and Greek, since the Renaissance.
LatinRoman EmpireOld LatinVulgar Latin

Question 3: Taken from Oliver Twist, 1838, by ________
Charles DickensLittle DorritA Christmas CarolEbenezer Scrooge

Question 4: The introduction of ________ added another wave of Latin and some Greek words.
Christian denominationEcumenismBaptistChristianity

Question 5: The most famous surviving work from the Old English period is the epic poem "________" composed by an unknown poet; it is thought to have been substantially modified, probably by Christian clerics long after its composition.
Finnesburg FragmentWidsithBeowulf (hero)Beowulf

Question 6: As it was, the ________, Saxons and Jutes arrived as pagans, independent of Roman control.
SuebiAnglesGermanic peoplesAnglo-Saxons

Question 7: Initially, Old English was a diverse group of dialects, reflecting the varied origins of the ________ Kingdoms of England.
FrisiansAnglo-SaxonsGermanic peoplesAngles

Question 8: The Old English period formally ended sometime after the ________, when the language was influenced to an even greater extent by the Norman-French-speaking Normans.
Norman conquest of EnglandHistory of EnglandKingdom of EnglandEngland

Question 9: In 1755, ________ published the first significant English dictionary, his Dictionary of the English Language.
Samuel JohnsonJames BoswellJames MacphersonEdmund Burke

Question 10: Modern English is often dated from the ________, which took place mainly during the 15th century.
Old EnglishOld NorseMiddle EnglishGreat Vowel Shift


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