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 the mission of the English-only movement in the U.S.?
(a) Find funding to teach English in third world nations
(b) Finance its own dictionary
(c) Make English the official language
(d) Find funding for the study of the English language

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

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

4. Why do other languages borrow English words and expressions?
(a) To become more popular
(b) To become more international
(c) To illustrate the conditions of modern life
(d) To become trendier

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

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

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

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

9. What has been added to the British vocabulary in spite of academic protests?
(a) Colloquialisms
(b) American words
(c) Slang terms
(d) Abbreviations

10. Why does the author think it is difficult to trace the history of language using only written records?
(a) Documents can be lost or altered
(b) Meanings can be lost in translation
(c) Much is not accounted for if spoken language is not accounted for
(d) Historians are prone to making errors

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

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

13. Original names from _______________ or Native American times have slowly shifted in spelling and pronunciation.
(a) Spanish
(b) Latin
(c) British
(d) Celtic

14. What shows up in versions of early dictionaries?
(a) The author's personality
(b) Conflicts
(c) Judgments
(d) Errors

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the author feel it is difficult to trace the history of swearing?

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

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

4. What type of names go through an adaptive period to reach worldwide markets?

5. In addition to organization, what other issues arise when publishing a dictionary?

(see the answer keys)

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