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 the English "secondary school" correspond to in American?
(a) Middle school.
(b) Elementary school.
(c) College.
(d) High school.

2. For what word does Mencken say "incidence" is commonly mistaken to be a synonym?
(a) Number.
(b) Similarity.
(c) Happening.
(d) Story.

3. What is the American substitute for the English word "tin"?
(a) Cup.
(b) Can.
(c) Dish.
(d) Bucket.

4. To how many in number does the comparative adjective relate?
(a) Two.
(b) Five or more.
(c) Three or more.
(d) Four or less.

5. What is the physical basis to which the nasal twang of Americans is ascribed?
(a) Colder air.
(b) The moist climate.
(c) Genetic diversity.
(d) The dry climate.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which case of the noun in English yet has an inflection at the time of Mencken's writing?

2. What purpose does Miss Wittmann say is served by the shortening of word forms?

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

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

5. What "great humorist" does Mencken cite in Chapter 1.3 as "celebrating 'the vigorous new vernacular of the occidental plains and mountains'"?

(see the answer key)

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