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. Who tries to organize information about how people speak?

2. How can English be particularly complex for non-native English speakers?

3. On what principle are cliches based?

4. In addition to linguistic differences in languages, there are also ________________________.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the author's opinion on who actually controls the English language?

3. What irony does the author point out in Americans emulating British English?

4. What is the basis for the argument of making English an international language?

5. How does the author explain the development of British and American surnames?

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

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

8. What English language issue does the author consider to be ironic?

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

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

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

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 3

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.

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