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

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

3. Which European language has exerted the most influence on the American language?
(a) Italian.
(b) German.
(c) Spanish.
(d) French.

4. How many soldiers' names were presented to the House by Mr. Mondell in 1919?
(a) 182.
(b) 43.
(c) 27.
(d) 102.

5. Which case of the noun in English yet has an inflection at the time of Mencken's writing?
(a) The accusative.
(b) The ablative.
(c) The genitive.
(d) The dative.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is apparently the first literary critic to point out the "enormous gap between the literate and unliterate American"?

2. What class of Americans is most influenced by Briticisms, according to Mencken in Chapter 5.2?

3. Who does Mencken state are the true makers of grammar in Chapter 9.1?

4. What is the physical basis to which the nasal twang of Americans is ascribed?

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

(see the answer key)

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