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

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

3. How many words did Noah Webster's dictionary contain to surpass the one mentioned in #113?
(a) 70,000
(b) 37,000
(c) 520,000
(d) 5,500

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

5. Chapter 13 addresses what traditions in the English-speaking world?
(a) Wedding
(b) Family
(c) Naming
(d) Holiday

6. What is one of the organizations that has failed as a grammar regulatory force?
(a) Academie Francaise
(b) United Nations
(c) Harvard University
(d) Oxford University

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

8. Why are the speakers in #140 becoming a minority?
(a) Because of the financial investment necessary to study
(b) Because of the interest in studying English around the world
(c) Because of the limited applications for the language
(d) Because of the difficulty in learning the language

9. The author discusses the process of development of the British _____________ from the Middle Ages to the present.
(a) surname
(b) middle name
(c) nickname
(d) first name

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

11. Why can translations between countries be considered difficult?
(a) People are basically too lazy to learn something new
(b) People are conditioned to communicate within their specific culture.
(c) Adults are too hard to train in a new language
(d) Countries do not teach children who are more amenable to new language

12. What type of names go through an adaptive period to reach worldwide markets?
(a) Commercial
(b) Political
(c) Financial
(d) Publishing

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The works of which author show the development of religious curses and expletives?

2. In what year is the dictionary mentioned in #113 printed?

3. According to the author, the English language will __________ as it has throughout history.

4. What can be misused even by experts on the topic?

5. The English language is left to ___________ and public figures.

(see the answer keys)

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