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. The works of which author show the development of religious curses and expletives?
(a) Dante
(b) Shakespeare
(c) T.S. Eliot
(d) Hemingway

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

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

4. What do the British borrow from American English?
(a) street slang
(b) grammatical styles and word usages
(c) ebonics
(d) phonics

5. English cannot be confined to arbitrary rules or ____________________.
(a) regionalism
(b) authority
(c) experts
(d) colloquialisms

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

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

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

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

10. What country attempts to control language by its academic system instead of following social forces?
(a) France
(b) United States
(c) Italy
(d) England

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

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

13. What marketing challenge must companies address when considering working abroad?
(a) Web site click thrus
(b) Tag lines
(c) Branding
(d) Direct mail

14. 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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Censoring words is more prevalent in which country?

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

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

4. Words that enter American and British vocabularies generally come from what country?

5. How do Americans view British pronunciation and vocabulary?

(see the answer keys)

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