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

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

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

4. To what continent does Mencken attribute the acknowledgment of the differences between American and British English?
(a) South America.
(b) Europe.
(c) Asia.
(d) North America.

5. Which London newspaper lamented the "menace" that American movies offer to the purity of the English language?
(a) The <i>Daily News</i>.
(b) The <i>Times</i>.
(c) The <i>Daily Herald</i>.
(d) The <i>Illustrated London News</i>.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to the tale spread by William Gifford, what language was supposed to be substituted for English during the Revolutionary War?

3. What English word does the author of "Men and Manners" lament about the American re-signification?

4. Which defender of Americanisms cited by Mencken in Chapter 1.3 states that "Language is made by the people"?

5. What "Anglomaniac affectation" did Noah Webster sneer at in 1789?

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