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. Which defender of Americanisms cited by Mencken in Chapter 1.3 states that "Language is made by the people"?
(a) George Ade.
(b) William Archer.
(c) Edgar Jepson.
(d) Richard Aldington.

2. Who is the author of "A Doll's House," who puts bad grammar into Nora Helmar's mouth?
(a) Chesterton.
(b) Ibsen.
(c) Mencken.
(d) Shaw.

3. 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?
(a) Publishing.
(b) Intercommunication.
(c) Localisms.
(d) Travel.

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

5. What American writer does Mencken claim likely inspired envy in British writers?
(a) Irving.
(b) Poe.
(c) Fowler.
(d) Griswold.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following is a term used by philologists to indicate the "instinctive search, etymologically unsound, for short roots in long words"?

2. According to Mencken, the English opposition to American spelling transcends the academic and takes on the character of what?

3. Which is the second factor that Mencken identifies as an impediment to the growth of the American language in Chapter 3.1?

4. What letter, when preceding a consonant, greatly irritated Henry James like a "morose grinding of the back teeth?"

5. Which impulse behind American imitation of English orthography is more influential?

(see the answer key)

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