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. Which word do Americans use for "angry" that was once an English provincialism considered base?
(a) Furious.
(b) Mad.
(c) Pissed.
(d) Irritated.

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

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

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

5. In what language did the American derivative "coyote" originate?
(a) Mayan.
(b) French.
(c) Spanish.
(d) Aztec.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How do the English pronounce the first syllable in "lieutenant"?

3. Which double negative word is primarily found in Shakespeare?

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

5. In terms of politics, an American candidate "runs" for office. What does an English candidate do?

(see the answer key)

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