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. Which words are appropriate for the common people to use?

2. What historical occurrence is explored in Chapter 6?

3. What system allows English speakers to communicate efficiently in writing?

4. What is onomatopoeia?

5. In Chapter 4, the author traces the development of English in what country?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is a third method of explaining where words come from?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are the benefits that the English language offers its users? Take into account its significantly larger vocabulary and grammar complexities.

Essay Topic 2

What is the archaeological evidence that points to the evolution of human speech?

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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