The American Language Quiz | Four Week Quiz B

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 10.1.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where was the broad "a" principally established prior to the Civil War?
(a) The Midwest.
(b) New England.
(c) The Southeast.
(d) California.

2. What does Mencken say, in colloquial American, has obliterated the verb?
(a) Illiteracy.
(b) Vulgar speech.
(c) The auxiliary.
(d) Over-regulation.

3. What word in American is used for the English word "shoe?"
(a) Slipper.
(b) Sandal.
(c) Footing.
(d) Boot.

4. Mencken reports hearing of a German named "Knoche," who to avoid being called "Nokky," changed his name to what?
(a) Nixon.
(b) Knowles.
(c) Knox.
(d) Nock.

5. How is the "portmanteau-word" formed?
(a) By mixing parts of words with the same meaning in different languages.
(b) By finding the true root in the word.
(c) By onomatopoeic creativity.
(d) By blending two words.

Short Answer Questions

1. For which voiceless consonant is the voiced "d" substituting with growing regularity, according to Mearns?

2. From which of the following have the English changed their spelling?

3. How do the English pronounce the first syllable in "lieutenant"?

4. Which Founding Father is said to have sought to establish a new American alphabet?

5. For what word does Mencken say "incidence" is commonly mistaken to be a synonym?

(see the answer key)

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