The American Language Multiple Choice Test Questions

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Chapter 1.1 | Chapter 1.2

1. Whose clarity of prevision does Mencken praise in the opening of Chapter 1.1?
(a) Madison.
(b) Jefferson.
(c) Franklin.
(d) Waldo.

2. Who is the author of "Dissertations on the English Language"?
(a) Thomas Jefferson.
(b) Benjamin Franklin.
(c) Noah Webster.
(d) H.L. Mencken.

3. What is the principal reason Mencken states that the English language has not greatly diverged since the foundation of the United States of America?
(a) Transatlantic communication.
(b) Solidarity of higher education.
(c) Transatlantic travel.
(d) American neo-classical tastes.

4. What does Mencken state is neglected by those who are professional trained to investigate it?
(a) The vulgate.
(b) Formal grammar.
(c) Philological anomalies.
(d) Idiosyncrasies.

5. Mencken claims that Noah Webster contains less of the scientific inquirer and more of what?
(a) The philological traditionalist.
(b) The father.
(c) The teacher.
(d) The erudite fool.

6. What event does Mencken credit with strengthening the obfuscation of distinction between American and British English?
(a) The bombing of London.
(b) The advent of the transatlantic telephone line.
(c) The First World War.
(d) The French Revolution.

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