The American Language Quiz | Eight Week Quiz B

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 3.1 | Chapter 3.2.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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?
(a) Intercommunication.
(b) Localisms.
(c) Publishing.
(d) Travel.

2. What "great humorist" does Mencken cite in Chapter 1.3 as "celebrating 'the vigorous new vernacular of the occidental plains and mountains'"?
(a) William Dean Howells.
(b) Samuel Elridge.
(c) Mark Twain.
(d) John Fiske.

3. What event does Mencken credit with strengthening the obfuscation of distinction between American and British English?
(a) The advent of the transatlantic telephone line.
(b) The French Revolution.
(c) The First World War.
(d) The bombing of London.

4. According to the report of Beverley, what did a group of soldiers turn into after eating some Jimson Weed?
(a) Fools.
(b) Somnambulists.
(c) Corpses.
(d) Zombies.

5. Which defender of Americanisms cited by Mencken in Chapter 1.3 states that "Language is made by the people"?
(a) Richard Aldington.
(b) William Archer.
(c) Edgar Jepson.
(d) George Ade.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How many classifications of Americanisms does Gilbert M. Tucker provide in 1921?

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

4. How many dialects dominate American English, according to Chapter 1.5?

5. To what phrase did Benjamin Franklin, Noah Webster, and Robert Southey object as a base Americanism, as discussed in Chapter 2.3?

(see the answer key)

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