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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What occurs when English speaking world leaders are forced to rely on translators?
(a) Decisions are postponed
(b) Gross misunderstandings
(c) Lag in translation
(d) Errors in translation

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

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

11. Words that enter American and British vocabularies generally come from what country?
(a) Italy
(b) France
(c) America
(d) England

12. What can be misused even by experts on the topic?
(a) English grammar
(b) Punctuation
(c) Spelling
(d) Synonyms

13. American names adapt and change to suit _______________________ pronunciation and spelling patterns.
(a) Celtic
(b) British
(c) American
(d) Spanish

14. What is the mission of the English-only movement in the U.S.?
(a) Find funding for the study of the English language
(b) Find funding to teach English in third world nations
(c) Finance its own dictionary
(d) Make English the official language

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

Short Answer Questions

1. From what industries do new words in American and Britain come?

2. A trend seen on both sides of the Atlantic is that of _________________________.

3. Many words that were once considered taboo are now considered to be ______________________.

4. The tendency to change names and pronunciations occurs _____________________.

5. What has been added to the British vocabulary in spite of academic protests?

(see the answer keys)

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