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. When comparing American and British vocabulary, some terms hold their meanings while others _______________________.

2. When does modern English begin to emerge?

3. What type of languages are Chinese and Japanese

4. Who is the official authority over the English language?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How was the Cro-Magnon man able to supersede the Neanderthal man in human development?

4. Finally, what is the fourth 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. Explain the impact of the invasion of the Normans in England.

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

8. What is so interesting about the way human speech has spread around the world?

9. What is the result of attempting to draw demarcations of accents throughout the U.S.?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

In many cases, languages go beyond national borders. Explain some of the situations where languages overlap geographically and can cause social and political divisions.

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