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

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

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

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

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

6. From what industries do new words in American and Britain come?
(a) Entertainment and finance
(b) Entertainment and academia
(c) Sociology and technology
(d) Entertainment and technology

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

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

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

10. Why does the author feel it is difficult to trace the history of swearing?
(a) People don't want their children exposed to it
(b) Swear words are primarily spoken, not written down
(c) People are reluctant to talk about their swear words
(d) Countries do not want to be known for swearing

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

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

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

14. The author discusses the process of development of the British _____________ from the Middle Ages to the present.
(a) surname
(b) middle name
(c) nickname
(d) first name

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Chapter 15 addresses the history of what?

2. What element guides generational language?

3. Which two languages have found some purpose in international communications?

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

5. What is the result of the shift mentioned in #150?

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