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. 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

2. What country attempts to control language by its academic system instead of following social forces?
(a) United States
(b) Italy
(c) England
(d) France

3. In what year was the crossword puzzle invented?
(a) 1889
(b) 1945
(c) 1913
(d) 1965

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

5. What word game does the author note first in Chapter 15?
(a) Jumbles
(b) Crossword puzzle
(c) Spelling bee
(d) Hangman

6. English is changed through _____________________.
(a) global technology
(b) social channels
(c) academic experts
(d) university committees

7. A trend seen on both sides of the Atlantic is that of _________________________.
(a) restricting swear words in public
(b) fining for swear words written in public
(c) punishing for swear words said in public
(d) whispering swear words in public

8. What has prompted the English-only movement in the U.S.?
(a) The prevalence of the U.S. in world business
(b) The growing Hispanic population of the U.S.
(c) English is easier to learn than other languages
(d) English is easier to speak than other languages

9. American surnames can be traced to ____________________ names.
(a) British
(b) city
(c) ancestral
(d) immigrant

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

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

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

13. What type of names go through an adaptive period to reach worldwide markets?
(a) Political
(b) Commercial
(c) Financial
(d) Publishing

14. What is the second word game described by the author in Chapter 15?
(a) Scrabble
(b) Monopoly
(c) Sudoku
(d) Yahtzee

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) Finance its own dictionary
(c) Find funding for the study of the English language
(d) Make English the official language

Short Answer Questions

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

2. The author feels that the English-only movement is more about ______________________ than preservation and advancement.

3. English is a language of constant ___________________.

4. Which of the following languages has not been proposed as an international language?

5. What is one of the organizations that has failed as a grammar regulatory force?

(see the answer keys)

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