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 do the British typically view American pronunciation and vocabulary?
(a) They look down on them
(b) They want to destroy them
(c) They try to emulate them
(d) They are open to anything American

2. What has been added to the British vocabulary in spite of academic protests?
(a) American words
(b) Colloquialisms
(c) Abbreviations
(d) Slang terms

3. Many words that were once considered taboo are now considered to be ______________________.
(a) vulgar
(b) quite innocent
(c) slightly offensive
(d) inappropriate

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

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

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

7. In what year is the dictionary mentioned in #113 printed?
(a) 1755
(b) 1563
(c) 1492
(d) 1776

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

9. British surnames are the product of confusing pronunciations and ____________________.
(a) word combinations
(b) colloquialisms
(c) spellings
(d) accents

10. Why does the author feel it is difficult to trace the history of swearing?
(a) Countries do not want to be known for swearing
(b) Swear words are primarily spoken, not written down
(c) People don't want their children exposed to it
(d) People are reluctant to talk about their swear words

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

12. What is the dictionary that follows Webster's forty years later?
(a) Mensa English Dictionary
(b) Harvard English Dictionary
(c) Oxford English Dictionary
(d) Franklin's English Dictionary

13. What is another characteristic of spoken swear words?
(a) They are humorous
(b) They are inflammatory
(c) They are insulting
(d) They are difficult to trace

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why are the speakers in #140 becoming a minority?

3. What is the mission of the English-only movement in the U.S.?

4. When did the English language go through many changes?

5. What did North American immigrants do with their native languages?

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