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. Who invented the crossword puzzle?
(a) A university professor
(b) A nurse
(c) A second grade teacher
(d) An American newspaper editor

2. What do the British borrow from American English?
(a) phonics
(b) ebonics
(c) street slang
(d) grammatical styles and word usages

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

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

5. What else is difficult to determine about the English language?
(a) How many words the average person knows
(b) How slang develops
(c) What is determined to be proper
(d) How each word is altered by region

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

7. How many words were contained in the dictionary mentioned in #113?
(a) 25,000
(b) 430,000
(c) 43,000
(d) 4,300

8. Censoring words is more prevalent in which country?
(a) England
(b) Germany
(c) United States
(d) Ireland

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

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

11. The author feels that the English-only movement is more about ______________________ than preservation and advancement.
(a) insecurity
(b) politics
(c) integrity
(d) dominance

12. When did the English language go through many changes?
(a) After the Bubonic Plague ravaged Europe
(b) During the American Revolution
(c) After Viking invasions of England
(d) When it moved to North America

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

14. English is a language of constant ___________________.
(a) beauty
(b) complexity
(c) change
(d) surprise

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

Short Answer Questions

1. From what context do many swear words come?

2. What language is used to communicate across borders?

3. Why can translations between countries be considered difficult?

4. Why are the speakers in #140 becoming a minority?

5. What does the author note about spoken swear words throughout English literature?

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