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 Founding Father coined the term "to belittle"?
(a) Benjamin Franklin.
(b) James Madison.
(c) Alexander Hamilton.
(d) Thomas Jefferson.

2. Who is the author of "Travels in North America," published in 1827?
(a) Henry Alford.
(b) Charles Astor Bristed.
(c) Basil Hall.
(d) Louis Untermeyer.

3. Mencken reports hearing of a German named "Knoche," who to avoid being called "Nokky," changed his name to what?
(a) Knox.
(b) Knowles.
(c) Nixon.
(d) Nock.

4. Who proposed a generally accepted nomenclature for currency in 1785?
(a) Richard Grant White.
(b) Noah Webster.
(c) Gouverneur Morris.
(d) Thomas Jefferson.

5. According to the tale spread by William Gifford, what language was supposed to be substituted for English during the Revolutionary War?
(a) Hebrew.
(b) French.
(c) Latin.
(d) Spanish.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the American substitute for the English word "tin"?

2. In what location does Mencken say both the American and English orthographies flourish side by side?

3. Where was the broad "a" principally established prior to the Civil War?

4. Which of the following does Wilcox not list as a negative treatment of the English language by grammarians?

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

(see the answer key)

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