The Mother Tongue Test | Final 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. From whom did North American settlers borrow words?

2. British pronunciation and vocabulary is generally viewed to have high ________________ in North America.

3. Translations between English and ______________ are particularly difficult.

4. What word game does the author note first in Chapter 15?

5. What has prompted the English-only movement in the U.S.?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the author's opinion on who actually controls the English language?

2. What is the challenge of determining the actual number of words in the English language?

3. What is the author's final position on the future of the English language?

4. What is the author's position on many spelling and grammar rules?

5. What considerations must businesses take into account when naming companies to go to market internationally?

6. What impact has American English had on the British vocabulary?

7. Explain any efforts to regulate the English language.

8. How is the pronunciation of place names indicative of how English speakers have changed over time?

9. Why are translations between English and Japanese especially difficult?

10. What is the source of many swear words throughout history?

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

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

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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