The American Language Quiz | Four Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 3.5 | Chapter 4.1.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What American writer does Mencken claim likely inspired envy in British writers?
(a) Fowler.
(b) Griswold.
(c) Poe.
(d) Irving.

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) Lack of a national literature.
(b) Regional diversity.
(c) Territorial expansiveness.
(d) Political disharmony.

3. Who proposed a generally accepted nomenclature for currency in 1785?
(a) Thomas Jefferson.
(b) Richard Grant White.
(c) Gouverneur Morris.
(d) Noah Webster.

4. Who is the author of "Travels in North America," published in 1827?
(a) Henry Alford.
(b) Charles Astor Bristed.
(c) Louis Untermeyer.
(d) Basil Hall.

5. Who protested the adoption of the broad "a" in an 1857 work entitled "The Autocrat at the Breakfast Table"?
(a) Oliver Wendell Holmes.
(b) Frank H. Vizetelly.
(c) Richard Meade Bache.
(d) Noah Webster.

Short Answer Questions

1. What sound did Webster object to inserting in words such as "gradual" and "nature," before the "u"?

2. Which of the following did the African slaves NOT introduce to American English?

3. What term did John Witherspoon coin, framing it within the context of vulgarity?

4. Where was the broad "a" principally established prior to the Civil War?

5. Which London newspaper lamented the "menace" that American movies offer to the purity of the English language?

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