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 happens when a particular phonology is applied to adopted words?

2. The author finds that many languages _________________________.

3. Who is Noam Chomsky?

4. Who invades England in 1066?

5. In what time period does the event from #67 occur?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What considerations must businesses take into account when naming companies to go to market internationally?

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

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

8. Explain any efforts to regulate the English language.

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

10. One of the most interesting words created in North America was "O.K." What is the background behind this new word?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What are the benefits that the English language offers its users? Take into account its significantly larger vocabulary and grammar complexities.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the influence of Native American, French and Spanish words on the English language as it moved to North America. Give ten examples of these influences from your own family, town, state, etc.

Essay Topic 3

The regional differences and flux of the English language provided opportunities as well as challenges for English writers like Chaucer and Shakespeare. Explain why writers such as these could invent new words and essentially create a new English language.

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