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Bill Bryson
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to the author, varieties of English are heavily influenced by what?
(a) financial reasons
(b) social reasons
(c) geographic reasons
(d) ancestral reasons

2. In what country does the printing revolution take place?
(a) Wales
(b) France
(c) England
(d) Ireland

3. What does the author use to show the development of human speech?
(a) Cave drawings
(b) Archaeological evidence
(c) The Bible
(d) Parchments

4. According to the author, regional accents ___________.
(a) overlap each other
(b) are too numerous to count
(c) are hysterical
(d) are dying out

5. What happens when a group of native speakers dies out?
(a) The language dies
(b) A new language is formed
(c) The language lives on in documents
(d) The language lives on in verbal communications

Short Answer Questions

1. What is often cited as an equalizing force in English?

2. On what principle are cliches based?

3. Words adopted into the English language already have ___________________.

4. Language differences within a country are often ________________.

5. Chapter 7 addresses the _________________ examples of ways English is spoken throughout the world.

Short Essay Questions

1. What event prompted the usage of standardized spelling in England?

2. What irony does the author point out in Americans emulating British English?

3. What does the author say is the reason some English words are created?

4. How can spelling in English be perceived as both simple and difficult?

5. What is the result of attempting to draw demarcations of accents throughout the U.S.?

6. How does the author account for the changing pronunciation of English over time?

7. How was the Cro-Magnon man able to supersede the Neanderthal man in human development?

8. Finally, what is the fourth method of explaining where words come from?

9. What is the proof of the power of the English language in the modern world?

10. What measures can people take when exact pronunciations are critical?

(see the answer keys)

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