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. American names adapt and change to suit _______________________ pronunciation and spelling patterns.
(a) Celtic
(b) British
(c) American
(d) Spanish

2. From whom did North American settlers borrow words?
(a) Native Americans, Creole and Celtic
(b) Creole, Spanish and French
(c) Native Americans, Spanish and French
(d) Native Americans, Spanish and Celtic

3. What does the author consider to be unreliable in monitoring English word usage?
(a) Dictionaries
(b) Foreign language textbooks
(c) Thesauri
(d) Spelling books

4. What are the risks of being unaware of international translations of company names and messages?
(a) Being perceived as too expensive
(b) Being negative or offensive
(c) Targeting the wrong prospects
(d) Being misunderstood

5. How do the British typically view American pronunciation and vocabulary?
(a) They try to emulate them
(b) They are open to anything American
(c) They look down on them
(d) They want to destroy them

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

7. How many words did Noah Webster's dictionary contain to surpass the one mentioned in #113?
(a) 70,000
(b) 5,500
(c) 37,000
(d) 520,000

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

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

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

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

12. What word game does the author note first in Chapter 15?
(a) Crossword puzzle
(b) Spelling bee
(c) Hangman
(d) Jumbles

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

14. Translations between English and ______________ are particularly difficult.
(a) Chinese
(b) Japanese
(c) Italian
(d) German

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How do Americans view British pronunciation and vocabulary?

2. According to the author, what do most academies hand down about English grammar?

3. Which speakers are becoming a minority of single-language users around the world?

4. From what industries do new words in American and Britain come?

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

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