English Language
Grammar
Vocabulary
Culture/Literature
Guess
100

Which of the following words is of Germanic etymology?

a) regal

b) kingly

c) royal

b) kingly

100

Finish the following sentence:

I'm looking forward _______________ tomorrow.

to seeing, to meeting, to calling, etc.

100

What do you call the holes in your nose?

nostrils

100

Where did Changez go to with Erica and her friends after they had graduated from Princeton?

Greece

100

How heavy is a Great White Shark?


2268kg

200

How many countries have English as (one of their) official language(s)?


a) 53

b) 60

c) 67

c) 67

200

JOKER

JOKER
200
Fill the gap: It is called a _______ of fish.


a) pack

b) swarm

c) school

c) school

200

What's the name of the author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist?

Mohsin Hamid

200

How many words are in Shakespeare's Hamlet? (His longest play.)

29'551 words

300

Joker

Joker

300

Fill the gap with the words in brackets:

I was sure that Kate  ... (leave) by the time I arrived.

would have left

300

Name three homophones (they sound the same but don't mean the same) used in the English language.

bear vs. bare -> "look for the bare necessities, the simple bare necessities"

cell vs. sell

I vs. eye

flour vs. flower

wholes vs. hole

know vs. no

300

Explain how "othering" takes place in The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

After 9/11 -> Changez perceives that he is treated differently.

People "look down" on him. Treat him with suspicion. He is alienated, called names.

etc.

300

How many lines does the Old English epic poem Beowulf have?

3182 lines

400

What word is the most used word in the English language?

"the"

400

Explain the difference between a defining and non-defining relative clause.

-

400

Name three German loan words used in English.

Kindergarten/garden

Doppelganger

angst

autobahn

Schadenfreude

400

Look at the following quote from The Reluctant Fundamentalist 

“It seems an obvious thing to say, but you should not imagine that we Pakistanis are all potential terrorists, just as we should not imagine that you Americans are all undercover assassins.” 

Why is this quote important? What is it telling us?

Irony & subtext -> Changez might possibly be a potential terrorist, while the American listener might possibly be an undercover assassin.

400
Into how many languages was Harry Potter translated?

79 (incl. Ancient Greek, Jiddish, Latin, Afrikaans)

500

Translate the following Middle English passage of John of Trevisa (ca. 1385):

Englischmen þeyz hy hadde fram þe bygynnyng þre manner speche, Souþeron, Northeron, and Myddel speche in þe myddel of þe lond, ...

Although, from the beginning, Englishmen had three manners of speaking, southern, northern and midlands speech in the middle of the country, ..

500

When does one use passive reporting verbs?

to report feelings, beliefs, opinions and rumours -> especially in journalism or other contexts

When we don't know or don't want to say who made the statement. 

500

What does TRISKAIDEKAPHOBIA mean?

Fear of the number 13.

500

Give an interpretation of the name "Changez".

Changez -> has to do with French "change".


Changez -> Dschingis Kahn -> conquerer 

500

How many elephants can be found in the Kruger National Park (estimate June 2021)?

13'050

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