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 is the study of the English language considered to be?

2. The differences between languages bring up questions about what?

3. From which tribe does England get its name?

4. What helps a listener and speaker to use the correct word when in doubt?

5. What language is most commonly chosen by international businesses?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Explain the theories that languages are based in sound.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 2

What was the impact of American immigrants to the English language? Take into account surnames, place names, and words assimilated into the American lexicography.

Essay Topic 3

Explain noted linguist Noam Chomsky's argument that children have inherent "ground rules" that help them learn their language. What other theories exist to explain how children learn to speak?

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