The Etymology of Words


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What does etymology mean?

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1. What language family is English a part of?

2. Which of the following is a language in the Latin family?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will assess your understanding of etymology and its applications. Quiz questions cover the meaning of etymology, specific language families and using etymology in a literary context.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz you will be tested on:

  • The definition of etymology
  • Language families
  • The origin of a particular word
  • How etymology applies to reading

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts of etymology to everyday reading skills
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as etymology
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding language families
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about word origin

Additional Learning

To learn more about etymology, review the accompanying lesson called The Etymology of Words. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn how etymology became a field of study
  • Understand how etymology applies to everyday language use
  • Identify examples of language families and which languages they include
  • Know how to apply etymology to literature and reading
  • Note the impact of etymology on historical events