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. In what sort of languages are double negatives "perfectly allowable"?
(a) Asiatic.
(b) Romance.
(c) Semitic.
(d) Teutonic.

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

3. Which double negative word is primarily found in Shakespeare?
(a) No.
(b) Nor.
(c) Never.
(d) Not.

4. According to Mencken, how do the English pronounce "been?"
(a) Bean.
(b) Bin.
(c) Bein.
(d) Bain.

5. What does Sayce say that language is composed of in 1879?
(a) Sounds.
(b) Meanings.
(c) Words.
(d) Letters.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Mencken, the name of what game puzzles etymologists?

2. In what language does Mencken state the double negative was once "quite respectable?"

3. What letter, when preceding a consonant, greatly irritated Henry James like a "morose grinding of the back teeth?"

4. What difference in pronunciation does Mencken state most sharply distinguishes the two dialects?

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

(see the answer key)

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