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. What word was "coatee" used as a diminutive for?
(a) Shawl.
(b) Coat.
(c) Beard.
(d) Hat.

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

3. Which of the following groups of immigrants does Mencken claim have a profound effect on not only the American vocabulary, but also its pronunciation and idiom?
(a) Scottish.
(b) Irish.
(c) Danish.
(d) Italian.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which word do Americans use for "angry" that was once an English provincialism considered base?

2. In what language did the American derivative "coyote" originate?

3. What purpose does the double negative primarily serve?

4. What is frequently omitted in phrases indicated desire or intent, as indicated in Chapter 9.9?

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

(see the answer key)

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