The Mother Tongue Test | Final Test - Easy

Bill Bryson
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. From what context do many swear words come?
(a) Age
(b) Demographic
(c) Physical
(d) Religious

2. The works of which author show the development of religious curses and expletives?
(a) Hemingway
(b) Shakespeare
(c) Dante
(d) T.S. Eliot

3. How do the British typically view American pronunciation and vocabulary?
(a) They look down on them
(b) They want to destroy them
(c) They are open to anything American
(d) They try to emulate them

4. It is difficult to determine the _______________________ in the English language.
(a) number of dictionaries
(b) number of dialects
(c) quality of words
(d) number of words

5. The author feels that the English-only movement is more about ______________________ than preservation and advancement.
(a) integrity
(b) dominance
(c) politics
(d) insecurity

6. English is a language of constant ___________________.
(a) surprise
(b) complexity
(c) change
(d) beauty

7. How many words did Noah Webster's dictionary contain to surpass the one mentioned in #113?
(a) 520,000
(b) 70,000
(c) 5,500
(d) 37,000

8. The author discusses the process of development of the British _____________ from the Middle Ages to the present.
(a) surname
(b) nickname
(c) first name
(d) middle name

9. Why do other languages borrow English words and expressions?
(a) To illustrate the conditions of modern life
(b) To become more popular
(c) To become more international
(d) To become trendier

10. What occurs when English speaking world leaders are forced to rely on translators?
(a) Lag in translation
(b) Gross misunderstandings
(c) Errors in translation
(d) Decisions are postponed

11. Many modern swear words come from _________________________.
(a) polite speech
(b) anger
(c) misunderstandings
(d) uneducated people

12. What is another area of concern regarding the state of the English language?
(a) The lack of education resources
(b) The fragmenting of different forms of English
(c) The decline of proper English
(d) The lack of adoption globally

13. What is the mission of the English-only movement in the U.S.?
(a) Find funding for the study of the English language
(b) Find funding to teach English in third world nations
(c) Finance its own dictionary
(d) Make English the official language

14. Who wrote the longest-standing example of an English dictionary?
(a) Samuel Johnson
(b) Ben Franklin
(c) G. & C. Merriam Co.
(d) Noah Webster

15. In what countries is English studied?
(a) Europe
(b) Asia
(c) North America
(d) Countries all over the world

Short Answer Questions

1. English cannot be confined to arbitrary rules or ____________________.

2. What are the risks of being unaware of international translations of company names and messages?

3. British surnames are the product of confusing pronunciations and ____________________.

4. Which country is used as an example of the difficulties of international communication?

5. The English language is left to ___________ and public figures.

(see the answer keys)

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