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 language is used to communicate across borders?
(a) English
(b) Italian
(c) Japanese
(d) French

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

3. What word game does the author note first in Chapter 15?
(a) Crossword puzzle
(b) Hangman
(c) Jumbles
(d) Spelling bee

4. English grammar rules are based on what?
(a) Oxford University guidelines
(b) Old English
(c) Latin
(d) Celtic

5. In what year was the crossword puzzle invented?
(a) 1913
(b) 1965
(c) 1945
(d) 1889

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

7. What is another area of concern regarding the state of the English language?
(a) The lack of adoption globally
(b) The decline of proper English
(c) The lack of education resources
(d) The fragmenting of different forms of English

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

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

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

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

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

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

14. The English language is left to ___________ and public figures.
(a) scientific
(b) anthropologists
(c) entertainment
(d) academic

15. What did North American immigrants do with their native languages?
(a) They held to them steadfastly
(b) They modified them radically
(c) They modified them somewhat
(d) They abandoned them

Short Answer Questions

1. Which speakers are becoming a minority of single-language users around the world?

2. What does the author consider to be unreliable in monitoring English word usage?

3. From what context do many swear words come?

4. What else is difficult to determine about the English language?

5. Like other words, swear words ____________________________.

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