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. To what phrase did Benjamin Franklin, Noah Webster, and Robert Southey object as a base Americanism, as discussed in Chapter 2.3?
(a) To indulge.
(b) To advocate.
(c) To process.
(d) Free endorsement.

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

3. 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) John Fiske.
(c) William Dean Howells.
(d) Mark Twain.

4. What language does Mencken quote Sidney Low as saying is not taught to English youth?
(a) Greek.
(b) Latin.
(c) American.
(d) Russian.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who protested the adoption of the broad "a" in an 1857 work entitled "The Autocrat at the Breakfast Table"?

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

3. From what language does the English word "moose" come?

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

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

(see the answer key)

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