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

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

3. For years, concern for spelling has been neglected over imposing what?

4. How do some linguists think that children learn their languages?

5. What is common to most English speakers?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the proof of the power of the English language in the modern world?

2. What two religious scholars are responsible for documenting language in England?

3. Explain the impact of the invasion of the Normans in England.

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

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

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

7. What is another method of explaining where words come from?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the Great Vowel Shift. Where did it occur? When did it occur? What was its purpose? What was the outcome?

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