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. How many words does the dictionary mentioned in #117 contain?
(a) 800,000
(b) 600,000
(c) 700,000
(d) 750,000

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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

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

10. What does the author note about spoken swear words throughout English literature?
(a) They are too vulgar to write down
(b) They are derived from proper English
(c) They have regional variations
(d) They are largely unrecorded

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

12. What is one of the most interesting words created in North America?
(a) Awesome
(b) Whatever
(c) O.K.
(d) Sincerely

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

14. In addition to people names, what else has had a similar naming process in both England and America?
(a) Street names
(b) Animal names
(c) Insect names
(d) Place names

15. The tendency to change names and pronunciations occurs _____________________.
(a) Italy
(b) Germany
(c) China
(d) In Britain and America

Short Answer Questions

1. Why can translations between countries be considered difficult?

2. What does the author consider to be unreliable in monitoring English word usage?

3. Chapter 15 addresses the history of what?

4. What word game does the author note first in Chapter 15?

5. What do the British borrow from American English?

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