The American Language Quiz | One Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 9.8 | Chapter 9.9.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Mencken characterize the vulgar American habitual use of the double negative?
(a) With "unconscious loathing."
(b) With "sturdy fidelity."
(c) With "happy fecundity."
(d) With "periodic intensity."

2. In what language does Mencken state the double negative was once "quite respectable?"
(a) Russian.
(b) French.
(c) Anglo-Saxon.
(d) Spanish.

3. How do the English pronounce the first syllable in "lieutenant"?
(a) Left.
(b) Lee-oo.
(c) Loo.
(d) Yeift.

4. What difference in pronunciation does Mencken state most sharply distinguishes the two dialects?
(a) The normative "a."
(b) The normative "-ary" suffix.
(c) The normative "o."
(d) The normative "ch."

5. What is frequently omitted in phrases indicated desire or intent, as indicated in Chapter 9.9?
(a) The subject noun(s).
(b) Adjectival modifiers.
(c) Adverbial modifiers.
(d) Verbs of action.

Short Answer Questions

1. What purpose does the double negative primarily serve?

2. According to Mencken, how do the English pronounce "been?"

3. In what sort of languages are double negatives "perfectly allowable"?

4. What word was "coatee" used as a diminutive for?

5. What does Sayce say that language is composed of in 1879?

(see the answer key)

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