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. What does Mencken list as dominant the English alternative for the word "mail"?
(a) Shipping.
(b) Post.
(c) Postals.
(d) Letters.

2. What does the movement towards the general vowel neutralization promise to do in the future, according to Mencken?
(a) Reduce the number of vowel sounds, but not the vowels themselves.
(b) Create new vowels.
(c) Dispose of many vowels.
(d) Clarify the pronunciation of vowels.

3. What word in common honorifics did Edwin S. Gould protest against omitting in 1867?
(a) Right.
(b) The.
(c) Very.
(d) Most.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

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

3. What word did the editor of the Westminster Gazette substitute for the incomprehensible dash in the mangled Americanism of Rupert Brooke?

4. What does Sayce say that language is composed of in 1879?

5. Which of the following is not one of the minor differences Mencken lists in Chapter 8.7?

(see the answer key)

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