Major Developments in the Evolution of Modern English


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The Jutes, Angles, and Saxons invaded Britain in _____.

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1. The epic poem 'Beowulf' is written in _____.

2. The Great Vowel Shift changed the way that vowels were _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and its attached worksheet will check your knowledge of the history of the English language. Answer questions about the earliest forms of English all the way to modern speech.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz and worksheet you'll measure your understanding of points like:

  • The Great Vowel Shift
  • Modern changes to the English language
  • What Language Beowulf was written in

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the material, such as what the language of nobility in England became after the Norman Conquest
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding when England was invaded by the Angles, Saxons and Jutes
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about major changes and developments in the English language from antiquity to the modern day

Additional Learning

If you are still curious about the linguistic history of this language, read the lesson titled Major Developments in the Evolution of Modern English. Topics covered include:

  • The effects of the printing press on English standardization and literacy
  • What a polyglot is
  • Examples of works written in different versions of the English language