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

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

3. How do Americans view British pronunciation and vocabulary?
(a) They try to imitate it
(b) They want to destroy it
(c) They think it is too affected
(d) They ignore it

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

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

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

7. British surnames are the product of confusing pronunciations and ____________________.
(a) accents
(b) word combinations
(c) spellings
(d) colloquialisms

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

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

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

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

12. In what year is the dictionary mentioned in #113 printed?
(a) 1755
(b) 1563
(c) 1776
(d) 1492

13. In what countries is English studied?
(a) Countries all over the world
(b) Asia
(c) Europe
(d) North America

14. What can be misused even by experts on the topic?
(a) Punctuation
(b) English grammar
(c) Synonyms
(d) Spelling

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What has been added to the British vocabulary in spite of academic protests?

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

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

4. English is the language of _____________________.

5. According to the author what will happen when English comes into its own as a modern language of international importance?

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