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. The author finds that many languages _________________________.

2. During Norman rule, which words are appropriate for the upper class to use?

3. What historical occurrence is explored in Chapter 6?

4. Who tends to invent new words in the present day?

5. Words adopted into the English language already have ___________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the dynamic of countries with more than one language?

5. What does the author say is the reason some English words are created?

6. Finally, what is the fourth method of explaining where words come from?

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

8. What are the merits of using the English language?

9. What was the Great Vowel Shift?

10. Explain the impact of the Viking invasion of England?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the debate on the challenges of learning the English language. Take into account spelling, pronunciation, grammar rules, 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

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

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