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 historical occurrence is explored in Chapter 6?

2. What type of languages are Chinese and Japanese

3. What profession encourages expressions that make numbers and letters clearer when communicating by radio?

4. What is often cited as an equalizing force in English?

5. What about the English language gives users greater range of expression?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of pictographic languages?

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

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

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

5. What is another method of explaining where words come from?

6. Why is learning the English language considered a large industry in the world?

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

8. How does the author account for the changing pronunciation of English over time?

9. How can spelling in English be perceived as both simple and difficult?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Who was Samuel Johnson? What was his role in the development of the English language? What impact did his work have? Is his work still relevant today?

Essay Topic 2

What was the impact of American immigrants to the English language? Take into account surnames, place names, and words assimilated into the American lexicography.

Essay Topic 3

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

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