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Tocharian languages: Quiz


Question 1: Both languages were once spoken in the Tarim Basin in ________, now part of the Xinjiang Autonomous Region of China.
Middle EastSiberiaCentral AsiaSouth Asia

Question 2: Given the small geographical range of and the lack of secular texts in Tocharian A, it might alternatively have been a liturgical language, the relationship between the two being similar to that between ________ and Mandarin.
Chinese languageClassical ChineseTaiwanese HokkienCantonese (Yue)

Question 3: During Uyghur rule, the peoples mixed with the Uyghurs to produce much of the modern population of what is now ________.
Uyghur peopleXinjiangKazakhstanUzbekistan

Question 4: Samples of the language have been discovered at sites in Kucha and ________, including many mural inscriptions.
KarasahrBento de GóisKashgarXinjiang

Question 5: Tocharian has completely re-worked the nominal ________ system of Proto-Indo-European.
Grammatical caseVocative caseGenitive caseDeclension

Question 6: In 1998, Chinese linguist ________ published a translation and analysis of fragments of a Tocharian Maitreyasamiti-Nataka discovered in 1974 in Yanqi.
Shandong UniversityJi XianlinBeijingChen Yinke

Question 7: Tocharian probably died out after 840, when the Uyghurs were expelled from Mongolia by the ________, retreating to the Tarim Basin.

Question 8: The name is taken from people known to the Greeks (________ VI, 11, 6) as the Tocharians (Ancient Greek: Τόχαροι, "Tokharoi").

Question 9: The Tocharian languages are a major geographic exception to the usual pattern of ________ branches, being the only one that spread directly east from the theoretical Indo-European starting point in the Pontic steppe.
Armenian languageCentum-Satem isoglossIndo-European studiesProto-Indo-European language

Question 10: It soon became apparent that a large proportion of the manuscripts were translations of known Buddhist works in ________ and some of them were even bilingual, facilitating decipherment of the new language.
Ashoka the GreatSanskritPaliMantra


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