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

2. English grammar rules are based on what?
(a) Latin
(b) Celtic
(c) Oxford University guidelines
(d) Old English

3. What can be misused even by experts on the topic?
(a) Spelling
(b) Punctuation
(c) Synonyms
(d) English grammar

4. From whom did North American settlers borrow words?
(a) Native Americans, Creole and Celtic
(b) Native Americans, Spanish and French
(c) Creole, Spanish and French
(d) Native Americans, Spanish and Celtic

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

6. Why does the author think it is difficult to trace the history of language using only written records?
(a) Historians are prone to making errors
(b) Meanings can be lost in translation
(c) Much is not accounted for if spoken language is not accounted for
(d) Documents can be lost or altered

7. In addition to organization, what other issues arise when publishing a dictionary?
(a) Social
(b) Financial
(c) Political
(d) Psychological

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

9. What shows up in versions of early dictionaries?
(a) The author's personality
(b) Errors
(c) Judgments
(d) Conflicts

10. Original names from _______________ or Native American times have slowly shifted in spelling and pronunciation.
(a) Spanish
(b) Latin
(c) British
(d) Celtic

11. An American car license plate can be an example of what?
(a) Vanity
(b) Metaphor
(c) Palindrome
(d) Rebus

12. Chapter 15 addresses the history of what?
(a) counting
(b) word games
(c) spelling bees
(d) alphabet songs

13. What does the author consider to be unreliable in monitoring English word usage?
(a) Dictionaries
(b) Foreign language textbooks
(c) Spelling books
(d) Thesauri

14. From what industries do new words in American and Britain come?
(a) Entertainment and academia
(b) Sociology and technology
(c) Entertainment and finance
(d) Entertainment and technology

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

Short Answer Questions

1. A trend seen on both sides of the Atlantic is that of _________________________.

2. According to the author, the English language will __________ as it has throughout history.

3. What country attempts to control language by its academic system instead of following social forces?

4. What does the author feel there is a lack of among English native speakers?

5. Historians show real _______________ by piecing together a record of the human community without definitive proof.

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