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 English manage to avoid that are present in other languages?

2. The author states that there are characteristics in the English language that ______________________________.

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

4. According to the author, varieties of English are heavily influenced by what?

5. From what do most languages derive?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What was the Great Vowel Shift?

4. Explain the impact of the invasion of the Normans in England.

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

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

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

8. What is Noam Chomsky's position on how children learn language?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain at least three of the ways that new words are created in the English language. Be sure to take into account historic creations as well as modern methods.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the series of attacks by other nations on Great Britain. Which groups attacked and what influences did they have on England, and ultimately, the English language?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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