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 "Anglomaniac affectation" did Noah Webster sneer at in 1789?
(a) The recalcitrance to neologisms.
(b) Clinging to the silent "u" as in "honour."
(c) The literature of Fowler.
(d) The broad "a."

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

3. According to Mencken at the beginning of Chapter 1.3, what do the novelists and newspapermen on either side of the Atlantic ocean delight in?
(a) Localisms.
(b) Publishing.
(c) Travel.
(d) Intercommunication.

4. What "great humorist" does Mencken cite in Chapter 1.3 as "celebrating 'the vigorous new vernacular of the occidental plains and mountains'"?
(a) Samuel Elridge.
(b) Mark Twain.
(c) John Fiske.
(d) William Dean Howells.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which of the early presidents does Mencken identify as archetypal of the new American?

3. Which is the second factor that Mencken identifies as an impediment to the growth of the American language in Chapter 3.1?

4. To what phrase did Benjamin Franklin, Noah Webster, and Robert Southey object as a base Americanism, as discussed in Chapter 2.3?

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

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