The Mother Tongue Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Bill Bryson
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the English language's large vocabulary mean to users?

2. The English language has _____________________________.

3. How do some linguists think that children learn their languages?

4. What is usually important to users of other languages that the English language expresses with one general category word?

5. What does the author use to show the development of human speech?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what way does the author think varieties of English are influenced by social reasons?

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

3. Explain the impact of the Viking invasion of England?

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

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

6. What seems to be a long-term benefit of a phonetic system as opposed to a pictograph system?

7. Explain the role of immigrants to North America on the evolution of the English language.

8. Explain any efforts to regulate the English language.

9. Name some less common word games.

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Regions of America become well known for their speech and language quirks. For example, the people in Baltimore, Maryland, are famous for slurring their speech. Name at least three other examples of geographically distinct language stylings.

Essay Topic 2

Who was Venerable Bede? What notable book did he write? What is the impact of his work on the English language?

Essay Topic 3

Explain the challenges of publishing a dictionary. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages to hard copy and digital versions. Can you offer any alternative solutions?

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