King Alfred’s English–Test 1

Test 1

Student  _________________________       Date  ___________________________

TEST  on Units 1 & 2    [Chapters 1-5]

3 points each         Circle the correct answer, or fill in the blank.

 

Unit 1

  1. Druid Priests were the rulers of an early tribal people in Britain, Wales, and Gaul known as the
    a. Picts            b. Celts            c. English
  2. What Roman general was first to conquer the wild tribes on the island of Britain?
    a. Constantine        b. Augustus Caesar        c. Julius Caesar        c. Caesar Romero
  3. An early Roman fort grew into the city of London and is located
    a. on the Thames River
    b. on the  Londinium River
    c. on the English Channel
    d. on the Canterbury River
  4. What structure was built by the Romans to help protect them from the northern tribes of Picts and Scots?
    a. Londinium Fort
    b. Wall of Scotland
    c. Monastery of Northumberland
    d. Hadrian’s Wall
  5. Constantine is famous for being
    a. the first emperor of the Roman Empire to send settlers to Britain
    b. The first Christian emperor of the Roman Empire
    c. A druid priest who was the first person on record to swim the English Channel.
  6. The three-leaf clover was used by St. Patrick to share the doctrine of the Trinity with the pagan tribes of
    a. Ireland        b. Scotland        c. Wales        d. Cornwall
  7. The historical event which marks the beginning of the period known as the Middle Ages:
    a. Consolidation of British tribes
    b. Fall of Rome
    c. End of Constantine’s reign
    d. Close of Christian persecutions
  8. The early English were made up primarily of three tribes of Germanic people. Name them:
    _____________________,     _____________________,   and  _____________________
  9. (Circle correct word in each pair) If King Arthur really lived, he was  [ British /  English ], and he was fighting the
    [ British  /  English].
  10. Give the rounded-off dates for the Middles Ages: ____________AD to_____________AD

Unit 2

  1. Write out the “law” that describes how languages change:
    __________________________________________________________
  2.  According to the law for language change, would Adam have spoken a simple, primitive language,  or a highly complex one?
    (circle correct answer)       a. simple            b. complex
  3. Linguists believe that most of the languages of Europe come from a common source called the
    a. Proto Sanskrit-European Language
    b. Proto Asia-European Language
    c. Proto Indo-European Language
  4. If you have two or more words for the same thing in English, how can you know which one is probably derived from Anglo Saxon?
    __________________________________
  5. The Pope, the head of the Catholic Church, is also the bishop of the city of
    a. Rome        b. Paris        c. London        d. Italy
  6. Augustine was appointed by the Pope to be the very first
    a. Bishop of London
    b. Archbishop of Kent
    c. Archbishop of Canterbury
    d. Bishop of England
  7. After the church came to England, all historical, scientific, legal, and church documents were in the language of
    a. Latin        b. French        c. English        d. German
  8. The alphabet we use today to write modern English comes from
    a. the French        b. the Welsh        c. the Romans        d. the British
  9. Chapters or books of the Bible which were heavily and beautifully illustrated with intricate and colorful designs and drawings were known as
    a. illustrated manuscripts
    b. illuminated manuscripts
    c. illuminated texts
  10. Who is considered to be the Father of English History?
    a. Caedmon            b. Augustine            c. St. Patrick        d. Venerable Bede
  11. Put a checkmark by the four main aspects that define Anglo Saxon poetry:
    ___a. number of syllables in each half-line
    ___b. kennings
    ___c. rhyme
    ___d. alliteration
    ___e. number of beats per measure
    ___f. inclusion of dragons and other mythological beings
    ___g. caesura
    ___h. a patterned repetition of words or phrases
  12. Why is Cædmon significant?
    a. He is the first known English poet.
    b. He started the monastic tradition of playing the harp after dinner.
    c. He killed a dragon that was threatening a monastery in Northumbria.
  13. After the Anglo Saxons were finally settled in England, they were invaded by
    a. the French            b. the Norse            c. the Latins            d. the Welsh
  14. King Alfred never expected to be king because
    a. he had older brothers who would inherit the throne before him.
    b. his uncle was king and he could not directly inherit the throne
    c. he grew up in a monastery and planned to be a monk.
  15. One reason the Anglo Saxon Chronicles are so important  is that they were
    a. the very first history of England to be written in the English language.
    b. the first history of England.
    c. the first record of early English life.
  16. The Danish territory in England was limited to a northern area known as
    a. Northumberland
    b. Daneland
    c. Danelaw
    d. Northlander
  17. Circle the word in each pair that is derived from the Old Norse:
    hide……skin
    scatter……shatter
    craft……skill
  18. English is no longer an inflected language, but is now considered an analytical language because the most important thing for understanding the meaning of a sentence in English today is
    a. word order
    b. prefixes and suffixes on words
    d. verb placement
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