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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 what countries is English studied?
(a) North America
(b) Countries all over the world
(c) Asia
(d) Europe

2. According to the author what will happen when English comes into its own as a modern language of international importance?
(a) Regionalism will take over
(b) The language will run amuck
(c) Communication will break down
(d) There will be fewer rules imposed

3. In what year is the dictionary mentioned in #113 printed?
(a) 1776
(b) 1492
(c) 1755
(d) 1563

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following languages has not been proposed as an international language?

2. Who invented the crossword puzzle?

3. Translations between English and ______________ are particularly difficult.

4. English is changed through _____________________.

5. What country attempts to control language by its academic system instead of following social forces?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the author's final position on the future of the English language?

2. What is the author's position on many spelling and grammar rules?

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

4. Name some less common word games.

5. Describe the evolution of swear words.

6. What is the background of Webster's Dictionary and the Oxford English Dictionary?

7. How is the pronunciation of place names indicative of how English speakers have changed over time?

8. Why are translations between English and Japanese especially difficult?

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

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

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