The Printing Press' Impact on the English Language


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When did moveable type printing first become available in Europe?

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1. In the long term, what impact did the printing press have on the English language?

2. What is one major reason that the printing press did not immediately have a major impact on the English language?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

With this quiz/worksheet, you can test how much you know about the printing press and the spread of the English language. Topics include the century during which the printing press was used for the first time and the effect of the printing press on the English language.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The following will be covered on the quiz:

  • Reason the printing press didn't immediately influence the English language
  • Individual who brought the printing press to England
  • London variation of English as the national language

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - draw upon your knowledge to answer questions about the century during which the printing press was first used and the person who brought it to England
  • Making connections - use your understanding of the printing press and its connection to the English language
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the reason the English language wasn't immediately affected by the printing press

Additional Learning

Learn more about the printing press with the lesson named The Printing Press' Impact on the English Language. These topics will be covered:

  • The Printing Revolution
  • First printers in England
  • Reading as a privilege of the elites