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. Which of the following languages has not been proposed as an international language?
(a) Chinese
(b) Seaspeak
(c) Esperanto
(d) Volapuk

2. What else is difficult to determine about the English language?
(a) How many words the average person knows
(b) How each word is altered by region
(c) How slang develops
(d) What is determined to be proper

3. Other than America and England, what country speaks English primarily?
(a) Finland
(b) Ireland
(c) Australia
(d) Wales

4. What is the result of the shift mentioned in #150?
(a) New words have to be invented
(b) The dictionary cannot keep up with the changes
(c) Modern names look or are spelled in contrast to original meanings
(d) The words are dropped from everyday use

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

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

7. How many words were contained in the dictionary mentioned in #113?
(a) 430,000
(b) 4,300
(c) 25,000
(d) 43,000

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

9. Historians show real _______________ by piecing together a record of the human community without definitive proof.
(a) assertiveness
(b) creativity
(c) confidence
(d) dishonesty

10. Chapter 13 addresses what traditions in the English-speaking world?
(a) Wedding
(b) Naming
(c) Holiday
(d) Family

11. Why are the speakers in #140 becoming a minority?
(a) Because of the limited applications for the language
(b) Because of the interest in studying English around the world
(c) Because of the difficulty in learning the language
(d) Because of the financial investment necessary to study

12. What is another major language issue in North America?
(a) No dictionaries
(b) Assimilation of immigrant groups
(c) No printing presses
(d) Regional colloquialisms

13. Which two languages have found some purpose in international communications?
(a) Seaspeak and Chinese
(b) Seaspeak and English
(c) Seaspeak and Esperanto
(d) Esperanto and Volapuk

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

15. What language is used to communicate across borders?
(a) Italian
(b) English
(c) Japanese
(d) French

Short Answer Questions

1. Who wrote the longest-standing example of an English dictionary?

2. What is another characteristic of spoken swear words?

3. English is a language of constant ___________________.

4. An American car license plate can be an example of what?

5. What occurs when English speaking world leaders are forced to rely on translators?

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