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

2. What is the mission of the English-only movement in the U.S.?

3. What does the author note about spoken swear words throughout English literature?

4. What does the author consider to be unreliable in monitoring English word usage?

5. English is changed through _____________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. One of the most interesting words created in North America was "O.K." What is the background behind this new word?

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

3. What is the origin of the crossword puzzle?

4. What happens to the use of swear words as society becomes more cognizant of propriety?

5. In addition to English, what other languages have been proposed as international languages?

6. Describe the evolution of swear words.

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

8. Explain the role of immigrants to North America on the evolution of the English language.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the major issues that Bryson emphasizes throughout the book is that no higher authority controls the English language. Imagine that you could invent such an authoritative organization and outline its mission statement as well as its strategic and tactical plans.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the challenges of publishing a dictionary. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages to hard copy and digital versions. Can you offer any alternative solutions?

Essay Topic 3

Explain the differences between pictographic languages and phonetic languages and give examples of each.

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