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. In what part of the country did the Irish attain to a "truly impressive political power before the first native-born generation of them had grown up" as Mencken states in Chapter 10.1?
(a) The Eastern cities.
(b) The Western cities.
(c) The Midwest.
(d) The Southeast.

2. To what phrase did Benjamin Franklin, Noah Webster, and Robert Southey object as a base Americanism, as discussed in Chapter 2.3?
(a) To indulge.
(b) To process.
(c) Free endorsement.
(d) To advocate.

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

4. 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?
(a) Freight.
(b) Rooster.
(c) Hog-pen.
(d) Railroad.

5. What language does the formalism of English grammarians come from?
(a) German.
(b) French.
(c) Spanish.
(d) Latin.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which 1914 English dictionary made many important concessions to American spellings?

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

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?

4. According to Mencken, which title is subject to the greatest divergence in usage?

5. What term did John Witherspoon coin, framing it within the context of vulgarity?

(see the answer key)

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