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. All English speakers can understand each other despite ______________________________.

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

4. According to the author, what is easy or difficult depending on the point of view?

5. What is DARE?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is so interesting about the way human speech has spread around the world?

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

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

4. What is the frustration of attempting to organize information about English in North America?

5. What was the Great Vowel Shift?

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

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

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

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

10. What measures can people take when exact pronunciations are critical?

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

Explain the role of censorship in America today. What are U.S. citizens' rights under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution?

Essay Topic 3

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

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