The American Language Quiz | Eight Week Quiz F

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 9.10.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Lounsbury is reported as saying that, "The history of language, when looked at from the purely grammatical point of view, is little else than the history of" what?
(a) Regulations.
(b) Innovations.
(c) Corruptions.
(d) Aberrations.

2. According to the study of E.J. Hills, how many descriptive adjectives are possessed by the average child of two?
(a) 173.
(b) 59.
(c) 72.
(d) 23.

3. What difference in pronunciation does Mencken state most sharply distinguishes the two dialects?
(a) The normative "o."
(b) The normative "a."
(c) The normative "-ary" suffix.
(d) The normative "ch."

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

5. Which London newspaper lamented the "menace" that American movies offer to the purity of the English language?
(a) The <i>Times</i>.
(b) The <i>Illustrated London News</i>.
(c) The <i>Daily Herald</i>.
(d) The <i>Daily News</i>.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what sort of languages are double negatives "perfectly allowable"?

2. For what word does Mencken say "incidence" is commonly mistaken to be a synonym?

3. In terms of politics, an American candidate "runs" for office. What does an English candidate do?

4. Which of the following did the African slaves NOT introduce to American English?

5. According to the tale spread by William Gifford, what language was supposed to be substituted for English during the Revolutionary War?

(see the answer key)

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