The American Language Quiz | Two Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 8.3 | Chapter 8.4.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who "tries" a legal case in England?
(a) The barrister.
(b) The solicitor.
(c) The jury.
(d) The judge.

2. Which is the first factor that Mencken identifies as an immediate impediment to the growth of the American language in Chapter 3.1?
(a) Political disharmony.
(b) Territorial expansiveness.
(c) Regional diversity.
(d) Lack of a national literature.

3. According to Chapter 8.4, what is the first impulse behind American imitation of English orthography?
(a) Compromise for cheaper printing.
(b) Affectation.
(c) Convenience.
(d) Anti-colonialism.

4. What English word does the author of "Men and Manners" lament about the American re-signification?
(a) Missionary.
(b) Clever.
(c) College.
(d) Buttock.

5. According to the tale spread by William Gifford, what language was supposed to be substituted for English during the Revolutionary War?
(a) Latin.
(b) Hebrew.
(c) French.
(d) Spanish.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Mencken list as dominant the English alternative for the word "mail"?

2. Who is the author of "Travels in North America," published in 1827?

3. How is the "portmanteau-word" formed?

4. Which impulse behind American imitation of English orthography is more influential?

5. Which of the following is a term used by philologists to indicate the "instinctive search, etymologically unsound, for short roots in long words"?

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