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 is another major language issue in North America?
(a) Regional colloquialisms
(b) No dictionaries
(c) No printing presses
(d) Assimilation of immigrant groups

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

3. British pronunciation and vocabulary is generally viewed to have high ________________ in North America.
(a) preference
(b) prestige
(c) recognition
(d) understandability

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

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

6. What element guides generational language?
(a) Superiority
(b) Regionalism
(c) Colloquialisms
(d) Pop culture

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

8. From what context do many swear words come?
(a) Religious
(b) Physical
(c) Age
(d) Demographic

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

10. What does the author note about spoken swear words throughout English literature?
(a) They are largely unrecorded
(b) They are too vulgar to write down
(c) They have regional variations
(d) They are derived from proper English

11. Other than America and England, what country speaks English primarily?
(a) Wales
(b) Ireland
(c) Australia
(d) Finland

12. 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

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

14. English is the language of _____________________.
(a) the people who speak it
(b) love
(c) civility
(d) diplomacy

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is it nearly impossible for a dictionary to keep pace with the English language?

2. What are the risks of being unaware of international translations of company names and messages?

3. What is the mission of the English-only movement in the U.S.?

4. In what countries is English studied?

5. Why can translations between countries be considered difficult?

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