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. In whose work can inconsistent spelling be found due to the event of #67?

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

3. Chapter 7 addresses the _________________ examples of ways English is spoken throughout the world.

4. What can be spelled in a variety of ways?

5. What does English manage to avoid that are present in other languages?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain what the author means by the creation of language areas.

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

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

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

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

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

7. What drawbacks are there in using the English language?

8. What is the dynamic of countries with more than one language?

9. What is the proof of the power of the English language in the modern world?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the debate on the challenges of learning the English language. Take into account spelling, pronunciation, grammar rules, etc.

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 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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