T H E M E    --    O N L I N E    Q U I Z

Consider the following text:

Alexander Popov stole the show at the European swimming championships in Helsinki on Tuesday, producing a sizzling 100m freestyle time which nobody but he himself has ever matched. The Russian Olympic champion swam a languid heat in the morning and then burst out with an astonishing semi-final swim of 48.34sec.

1. How many marked themes are there in the text?

There aren't any
There aren't any, because of ellipsis
One -- "producing"
Two -- "Alexander Popov" and "producing"

2. What is the topical theme of "and then burst out with an astonishing semi-final swim of 48.34sec"?

"and"
"then"
"he" as the ellipsed topical theme
There isn't any

3. What can you say about the themes in the text?

They are predicated
Some are unmarked and some are marked
All are marked
All are unmarked

4. Is "then" in the final clause of the text thematic?

No, because the topical theme has been ellipsed
No, because "then" is not a topical theme
Yes, because it is situated near the beginning of the clause
Uncertain, because the position of the ellipsed topical theme is uncertain

5. Identify all the non-topical themes in the text.

"on Tuesday"
"and"
"and", "but"
There aren't any

6. Which of the following (re-written) ranking clauses contains a textual theme?

"Firstly, Alexander Popov stole the show at the European swimming championships in Helsinki on Tuesday"
"At the European swimming championships in Helsinki, Alexander Popov stole the show, producing a sizzling 100m freestyle time which nobody but he himself has ever matched"
"Alexander Popov stole the show at the European swimming championships in Helsinki on Tuesday"
"The show, Alexander Popov stole at the European swimming championships in Helsinki on Tuesday"

7. Which of the following (re-written) clauses contains an interpersonal theme?

"On Tuesday, Alexander Popov stole the show at the European swimming championships in Helsinki"
"The show, Alexander Popov stole at the European swimming championships in Helsinki on Tuesday"
"Unsurprisingly, Alexander Popov stole the show at the European swimming championships in Helsinki on Tuesday"
"Alexander Popov swam a 48.34sec race"

8. Which of the following (re-written) sentences contains a marked theme?

"The show, Alexander Popov stole at the European swimming championships in Helsinki on Tuesday"
"The Russian Olympic champion -- Alexander Popov -- stole the show at the European swimming championships in Helsinki on Tuesday"
"Did Alexander Popov swim a 48.34sec race at the European swimming championships in Helsinki on Tuesday?"
"How did Alexander Popov perform at the European swimming championships in Helsinki on Tuesday?"

9. What is the thematic portion of the following (re-written) clause? "And then, unsurprisingly, at the European swimming championships, Alexander Popov stole the show."

"Alexander Popov"
"And then, unsurprisingly, at the European swimming championships"
"And then"
"And then, unsurprisingly"

10. What can you say about the TP of the text?

It exhibits a derived TP
It exhibits a simple linear TP
It exhibits a constant TP
None of the above