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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. When does modern English begin to emerge?
(a) The 15th century
(b) The 12th century
(c) The 19th century
(d) The 20th century

2. What is onomatopoeia?
(a) A word which represents the sound of something
(b) A new insect genus
(c) A culinary trend
(d) The predecessor of Cro-Magnon man

3. Language issues tend to be __________________.
(a) constant
(b) irreconcilable
(c) political
(d) universal

4. Who tends to invent new words in the present day?
(a) People in technology and the arts
(b) People in technology and religion
(c) People in religion and government
(d) People in technology and government

5. Why could the Neanderthals not keep up with the Cro-Magnons?
(a) They could not run as fast
(b) Their brains were not as big
(c) They couldn't communicate with the same complexity
(d) They did not have fire

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the author, regional accents ___________.

2. In the English language, what has a range of possibilities not available in other languages?

3. Which country has been successful in protecting its language?

4. What allows a speaker to express class status?

5. Who establishes a large presence in Northern England in the year 850?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain how the language of one people can can change over time.

2. What drawbacks are there in using the English language?

3. How did the English language evolve in the British Isles or what is now known as the United Kingdom?

4. Explain what the author means by the creation of language areas.

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

6. How does the English language compare with the development and growth of other global languages?

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

8. What two religious scholars are responsible for documenting language in England?

9. What is a third method of explaining where words come from?

10. What are the merits of using the English language?

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