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. The pronunciations of many words in America reflect what speakers think British speakers say and _______________________.

2. Languages around the world contain common ______________________.

3. What is common to most English speakers?

4. What is an important benefit of the Asian pictograph languages?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain how the language of one people can can change over time.

3. How does the English language compare with the development and growth of other global languages?

4. What two religious scholars are responsible for documenting language in England?

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

6. What event prompted the usage of standardized spelling in England?

7. Explain the impact that slurring of speech has on English pronunciation?

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

9. How did the English language evolve in the British Isles or what is now known as the United Kingdom?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In many cases, languages go beyond national borders. Explain some of the situations where languages overlap geographically and can cause social and political divisions.

Essay Topic 2

One of the major issues that Bryson emphasizes throughout the book is that no higher authority controls the English language. Imagine that you could invent such an authoritative organization and outline its mission statement as well as its strategic and tactical plans.

Essay Topic 3

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

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