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

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

3. An American car license plate can be an example of what?
(a) Palindrome
(b) Rebus
(c) Metaphor
(d) Vanity

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

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

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

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

8. 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) Adults are too hard to train in a new language
(d) Countries do not teach children who are more amenable to new language

9. In addition to organization, what other issues arise when publishing a dictionary?
(a) Psychological
(b) Financial
(c) Social
(d) Political

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

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

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

13. According to the author, what do most academies hand down about English grammar?
(a) A sense of history
(b) Illogical rules
(c) Repeated mistakes
(d) Important guidelines

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

15. Many modern swear words come from _________________________.
(a) misunderstandings
(b) uneducated people
(c) polite speech
(d) anger

Short Answer Questions

1. What element guides generational language?

2. From what context do many swear words come?

3. The tendency to change names and pronunciations occurs _____________________.

4. In addition to people names, what else has had a similar naming process in both England and America?

5. Many words that were once considered taboo are now considered to be ______________________.

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