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. Who is Noam Chomsky?

2. Physical communication strategies include proximity between speakers, hand gestures and ______________________.

3. The pronunciations of many words in America reflect what speakers think British speakers say and _______________________.

4. The author finds that many languages _________________________.

5. From which tribe does England get its name?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the Great Vowel Shift?

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

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

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

5. How can spelling in English be perceived as both simple and difficult?

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

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

8. What seems to be a long-term benefit of a phonetic system as opposed to a pictograph system?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Who was Venerable Bede? What notable book did he write? What is the impact of his work on the English language?

Essay Topic 2

Building on language foundations, human speech spread throughout the world. Explain some of the commonalities and distinctions that mark the evolution of the English language.

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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