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TOEFL listening: What makes ''The Canterbury Tales'' easier to understand?

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Now answer the following questions. You may use your notes to help you.

1). According to the lecture, which statement is NOT true?
(A) Chaucer was from a wealthy family.
(B) King Richard II spoke English.
(C) Chaucer was born in 1400.
(D) 50% of Chaucer''s words were Germanic in origin.

2). What did Chaucer have?
(A) An English dictionary
(B) A good vocabulary
(C) A style manual
(D) A formal grammar

3). Why is Dante Alighieri important?
(A) Chaucer adapted one of his tales for ''The Canterbury Tales''.
(B) Chaucer met him in Italy.
(C) Chaucer structured ''The Canterbury Tales'' after his ''Divine Comedy''.
(D) He gave Chaucer the idea of writing in English.

4). What makes ''The Canterbury Tales'' easier to understand?
(A) Modernized versions
(B) The Great Vowel Shift
(C) Spelling conventions
(D) Its Romance vocabulary

5). The lecturer mentions the word ''hotel'' as an example of what?
(A) A Norman-French rather than a continental French word
(B) A Germanic word absorbed into Norman-French
(C) A Middle English word carried into Modern English
(D) A foreign word recognized as English

6). Which do you think is nearest to the author''s viewpoint?
(A) Chaucer introduced a vast number of Germanic and Romance words into our vocabulary.
(B) Chaucer''s use of English led to the Great Vowel Shift.
(C) Chaucer was the bridge between Old English and Modern English.
(D) Chaucer was the first great English author.

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