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 tendency to change names and pronunciations occurs _____________________.
(a) China
(b) In Britain and America
(c) Germany
(d) Italy

2. What does the author feel there is a lack of among English native speakers?
(a) To learn new words each year
(b) To teach English to foreigners
(c) To learn other languages
(d) To read documents in Old English

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why is it nearly impossible for a dictionary to keep pace with the English language?
(a) It is not printed often enough
(b) Regional words are always changing
(c) Slang words drop out of use
(d) It grows at such a fast pace

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

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

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

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

13. American surnames can be traced to ____________________ names.
(a) immigrant
(b) city
(c) British
(d) ancestral

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

15. According to the author what will happen when English comes into its own as a modern language of international importance?
(a) Regionalism will take over
(b) Communication will break down
(c) The language will run amuck
(d) There will be fewer rules imposed

Short Answer Questions

1. From whom did North American settlers borrow words?

2. How many words were contained in the dictionary mentioned in #113?

3. An American car license plate can be an example of what?

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

5. What element guides generational language?

(see the answer keys)

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