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 letter, when preceding a consonant, greatly irritated Henry James like a "morose grinding of the back teeth?"
(a) E.
(b) T.
(c) R.
(d) G.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. How does Mencken characterize the vulgar American habitual use of the double negative?

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

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

(see the answer key)

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