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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. In addition to people names, what else has had a similar naming process in both England and America?
(a) Street names
(b) Place names
(c) Insect names
(d) Animal names

2. According to the author, what do most academies hand down about English grammar?
(a) Repeated mistakes
(b) Illogical rules
(c) Important guidelines
(d) A sense of history

3. What is the second word game described by the author in Chapter 15?
(a) Yahtzee
(b) Monopoly
(c) Sudoku
(d) Scrabble

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

5. The works of which author show the development of religious curses and expletives?
(a) Hemingway
(b) Shakespeare
(c) Dante
(d) T.S. Eliot

Short Answer Questions

1. What marketing challenge must companies address when considering working abroad?

2. How many words does the dictionary mentioned in #117 contain?

3. What are the risks of being unaware of international translations of company names and messages?

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

5. American names adapt and change to suit _______________________ pronunciation and spelling patterns.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are English speakers becoming a minority of single-language users globally?

2. What happens to the use of swear words as society becomes more cognizant of propriety?

3. What is the author's opinion on who actually controls the English language?

4. What has been the naming process for places in England and America?

5. What is the source of many swear words throughout history?

6. Describe the evolution of swear words.

7. What is the challenge of determining the actual number of words in the English language?

8. In addition to English, what other languages have been proposed as international languages?

9. What English language issue does the author consider to be ironic?

10. What were some of the transitions of the English language as it migrated to North America?

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