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

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

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

4. According to the author, the English language will __________ as it has throughout history.
(a) Adapt
(b) Mutate
(c) Dominate
(d) Grow

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

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

7. Translations between English and ______________ are particularly difficult.
(a) Italian
(b) Japanese
(c) German
(d) Chinese

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

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

10. What are the risks of being unaware of international translations of company names and messages?
(a) Being perceived as too expensive
(b) Being negative or offensive
(c) Being misunderstood
(d) Targeting the wrong prospects

11. The author feels that the English-only movement is more about ______________________ than preservation and advancement.
(a) integrity
(b) insecurity
(c) politics
(d) dominance

12. 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 speak than other languages
(c) The growing Hispanic population of the U.S.
(d) English is easier to learn than other languages

13. What element guides generational language?
(a) Superiority
(b) Regionalism
(c) Colloquialisms
(d) Pop culture

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the author feel there is a lack of among English native speakers?

2. What is one of the most interesting words created in North America?

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

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

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

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