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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. What did North American immigrants do with their native languages?
(a) They abandoned them
(b) They modified them somewhat
(c) They held to them steadfastly
(d) They modified them radically

2. How do the British typically view American pronunciation and vocabulary?
(a) They want to destroy them
(b) They try to emulate them
(c) They look down on them
(d) They are open to anything American

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

4. What is the result of the shift mentioned in #150?
(a) The words are dropped from everyday use
(b) New words have to be invented
(c) The dictionary cannot keep up with the changes
(d) Modern names look or are spelled in contrast to original meanings

5. How do Americans view British pronunciation and vocabulary?
(a) They try to imitate it
(b) They think it is too affected
(c) They ignore it
(d) They want to destroy it

Short Answer Questions

1. Translations between English and ______________ are particularly difficult.

2. How many words were contained in the dictionary mentioned in #113?

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

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

5. Many modern swear words come from _________________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the author state as one of the oldest English language dictionaries?

3. What impact has American English had on the British vocabulary?

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

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

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

7. Explain any efforts to regulate the English language.

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

9. Explain the almost futile attempts to produce current English language dictionaries.

10. To what does the author attribute the misuse of English grammar?

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