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#442542 - Tue Oct 14 2008 02:47 AM Re: A fun quiz i did at Uni
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1. During which period did it become customary to pronounce words like dance and bath with a long a: vowel?

b.16th century

2. Which of the following is an Anglo-Saxon historical account of 12th century England?

b.The Peterborough Chronicle

3. Which was the first book to be printed in English?

b.The Canterbury Tales

4. In etymological terms, which of these pairs is the odd one out?

b.whole ~ hale

5. Which of the following illustrates a lexical fossil?

c.out of kilter

6. Which language is spoken in the Gaeltacht?

b.Irish

7. Which of the following words would NOT have been directly affected by the Great Vowel Shift in English?

a.hill

8. How many English verbs have irregular past tenses?

c.about 200

9. Who was the first king after the Norman conquest who spoke English as a mother tongue?

d.Henry IV

10. Which of the following illustrates a lexical gap?

d.discontented

11. Which of the following had the least influence on the English spoken in Kent?

b.the Saxons

12. Which of the following is NOT a loan from Norse?

b.husband

13. Approximately how many modern English words were taken from Norman French shortly after 1066?

a.1000

14. Etymologically speaking, which of these words is the odd one out?

b.Kindergarten

15. Which of the following is basically a Roman place name?

d.Lancaster

16. What language do the romance languages derive from?

c.Latin

17. How many current English words are reputed to have been coined by Shakespeare?

c.about 1000

18. Which of the following phrases was NOT coined by Shakespeare?

c."a bird in the hand"

19. Who formalised the major differences between English and American spelling?

c.George Bernard Shaw

20. In what year was English used in Parliament for the first time?

c.1362
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#442543 - Tue Oct 14 2008 01:43 PM Re: A fun quiz i did at Uni
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Srini you scored 10 pal


Answers WILL be posted Friday

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#442544 - Mon Oct 20 2008 11:00 PM Re: A fun quiz i did at Uni
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Which Friday???!!!
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#442545 - Tue Oct 21 2008 05:06 AM Re: A fun quiz i did at Uni
doomed Offline
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Tonight I will reveal....it is now 12:05pm here in UK
I shall by 7pm tonight reveal all

that is seven hours your time from the moment I wrote this message

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#442546 - Tue Oct 21 2008 09:49 AM Re: A fun quiz i did at Uni
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1. During which period did it become customary to pronounce words like dance and bath with a long a: vowel?

d.18th century


2. Which of the following is an Anglo-Saxon historical account of 12th century England?

d.The Tewkesbury Chronicle


3. Which was the first book to be printed in English?

d.The Domesday Book


4. In etymological terms, which of these pairs is the odd one out?

b.whole ~ hale


5. Which of the following illustrates a lexical fossil?

c.out of kilter


6. Which language is spoken in the Gaeltacht?

b.Irish


7. Which of the following words would NOT have been directly affected by the Great Vowel Shift in English?

a.hill


8. How many English verbs have irregular past tenses?

d.about 250


9. Who was the first king after the Norman conquest who spoke English as a mother tongue?

b.Henry II


10. Which of the following illustrates a lexical gap?

b.illogical


11. Which of the following had the least influence on the English spoken in Kent?

b.the Saxons


12. Which of the following is NOT a loan from Norse?

b.husband


13. Approximately how many modern English words were taken from Norman French shortly after 1066?

b.5000


14. Etymologically speaking, which of these words is the odd one out?

d.Mafia


15. Which of the following is basically a Roman place name?

c. Hull


16. What language do the romance languages derive from?

c.Latin


17. How many current English words are reputed to have been coined by Shakespeare?

d.about 2000


18. Which of the following phrases was NOT coined by Shakespeare?

a."a tower of strength"


19. Who formalised the major differences between English and American spelling?

b.Noah Webster


20. In what year was English used in Parliament for the first time?

b.1258



It will be interesting to see what the results are! (And I hope nobody googled.)
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#442547 - Tue Oct 21 2008 10:48 AM Re: A fun quiz i did at Uni
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Looking at the results MadMags I don't think many would have googled

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#442548 - Tue Oct 21 2008 02:25 PM Re: A fun quiz i did at Uni
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I got two right, Mags. Trust me, I didn't google.

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#442549 - Tue Oct 21 2008 04:26 PM Re: A fun quiz i did at Uni
doomed Offline
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MadMags scored NINE




Ok the answers are as follows:


1. During which period did it become customary to pronounce words like dance and bath with a long a: vowel?

a.15th century
b.16th century
c.17th century
d.18th century

2. Which of the following is an Anglo-Saxon historical account of 12th century England?

a.The Barnsley Chronicle
b.The Peterborough Chronicle
c.The Lincoln Chronicle
d.The Tewkesbury Chronicle

3. Which was the first book to be printed in English?

a.The Bible
b.The Canterbury Tales
c.Beowulf
d.The Domesday Book

4. In etymological terms, which of these pairs is the odd one out?

a.skirt ~ shirt
b.whole ~ hale
c.stick ~ stitch
d.duck ~ duke

5. Which of the following illustrates a lexical fossil?

a.out of sight
b.out of money
c.out of kilter
d.out of luck

6. Which language is spoken in the Gaeltacht?

a.Yiddish
b.Irish
c.Vries
d.Flemish

7. Which of the following words would NOT have been directly affected by the Great Vowel Shift in English?

a.hill
b.house
c.life
d.law

8. How many English verbs have irregular past tenses?

a.about 50
b.about 100
c.about 200
d.about 250

9. Who was the first king after the Norman conquest who spoke English as a mother tongue?

a.Henry I
b.Henry II
c.Henry III
d.Henry IV

10. Which of the following illustrates a lexical gap?

a.inelegant
b.illogical
c.uncouth
d.discontented

11. Which of the following had the least influence on the English spoken in Kent?

a.the Vikings
b.the Saxons
c.the Jutes
d.the Angles

12. Which of the following is NOT a loan from Norse?

a.skull
b.husband
c.bridge
d.sky

13. Approximately how many modern English words were taken from Norman French shortly after 1066?

a.1000
b.5000
c.10,000
d.15,000

14. Etymologically speaking, which of these words is the odd one out?

a.Volkswagen
b.Kindergarten
c.Hinterland
d.Mafia

15. Which of the following is basically a Roman place name?

a.Edinburgh
b.Newcastle
c.Hull
d.Lancaster

16. What language do the romance languages derive from?

a.Italian
b.Greek
c.Latin
d.Uralic

17. How many current English words are reputed to have been coined by Shakespeare?

a.about 50
b.about 500
c.about 1000
d.about 2000

18. Which of the following phrases was NOT coined by Shakespeare?

a."a tower of strength"
b."more in sorrow than in anger"
c."a bird in the hand"
d."vanish into thin air"

19. Who formalised the major differences between English and American spelling?

a.Samuel Johnson
b.Noah Webster
c.George Bernard Shaw
d.Isaac Pitman

20. In what year was English used in Parliament for the first time?

a.1150
b.1258
c.1362
d.1437


well done to everyone who took part, and if anyone wants to play a similar game I am more than happy to write another one!

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#442550 - Wed Oct 22 2008 12:17 AM Re: A fun quiz i did at Uni
srini701 Offline
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Oh thanks a lot for those answers....I definitely didn't google and seem to have hit the mark with some wild shots pretty well ....will defintely be interesting to see some more such games.
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#442551 - Wed Oct 22 2008 03:03 AM Re: A fun quiz i did at Uni
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That was fun doomed, thanks!
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#442552 - Wed Oct 22 2008 01:53 PM Re: A fun quiz i did at Uni
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lol are you mad Mags?

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#442553 - Wed Oct 22 2008 04:36 PM Re: A fun quiz i did at Uni
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Mad-angry? Never! Life is too short.
Just a little crazy around the edges to keep life interesting.

By the way, if you feel so inclined to post another quiz, I for one would love to do it - and I'm sure I'm not the only one.
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#442554 - Wed Oct 22 2008 09:00 PM Re: A fun quiz i did at Uni
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I agree with MadMags - please feel free to post another quiz.

I thoroughly enjoyed the last one. I feel the need to test what I know about obscure subjects (and for me that was obscure!) or ones that offer a bit more depth. Thank you so much.
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#442555 - Thu Oct 23 2008 04:20 AM Re: A fun quiz i did at Uni
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I just looked at number 16 and hit myself for being so stupid...

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#442556 - Fri Dec 19 2008 01:29 AM Re: A fun quiz i did at Uni
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Good quiz. I was late getting to this as I haven't been on for ages, but I managed to score 9. Would love to see another one put up
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