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

2. In what parts of language does Mencken say the "chief grammatical peculiarities" of spoken English are found?
(a) Verbs and pronouns.
(b) Nouns and prepositions.
(c) Nouns and participles.
(d) Adverbs and adjectives.

3. Who is apparently the first literary critic to point out the "enormous gap between the literate and unliterate American"?
(a) Allen Tate.
(b) Francis Hackett.
(c) I.A. Richards.
(d) Rene Wellek.

4. What "Anglomaniac affectation" did Noah Webster sneer at in 1789?
(a) The literature of Fowler.
(b) Clinging to the silent "u" as in "honour."
(c) The broad "a."
(d) The recalcitrance to neologisms.

5. In what location does Mencken say both the American and English orthographies flourish side by side?
(a) Canada.
(b) Hong Kong.
(c) Australia.
(d) New England.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what century did England replace the "i-sound" with the "oi-sound" in words such as "boy"?

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

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

4. Which of the early presidents does Mencken identify as archetypal of the new American?

5. Which term do English dictionaries all describe as an Americanism from the comparative list in Chapter 4.1, despite the English version being frequently used in America?

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