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

2. Why is it nearly impossible for a dictionary to keep pace with the English language?
(a) Slang words drop out of use
(b) It grows at such a fast pace
(c) Regional words are always changing
(d) It is not printed often enough

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

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

5. Like other words, swear words ____________________________.
(a) have adapted over time
(b) have different meanings to different people
(c) are not appropriate for all regions
(d) are not appropriate for all ages

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

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

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

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

10. When did the English language go through many changes?
(a) When it moved to North America
(b) After the Bubonic Plague ravaged Europe
(c) After Viking invasions of England
(d) During the American Revolution

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. British pronunciation and vocabulary is generally viewed to have high ________________ in North America.

2. What else is difficult to determine about the English language?

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

4. Why does the author think it is difficult to trace the history of language using only written records?

5. What marketing challenge must companies address when considering working abroad?

(see the answer keys)

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