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. What does John S. Farmer describe the Western vernacular as being?
(a) Racy and pungent.
(b) Flippant and pointless.
(c) Irreverent and irrelevant.
(d) Dry and prolonged.

2. How many classifications of Americanisms does Bartlett postulate in his 1859 dictionary?
(a) Four.
(b) Forty-two.
(c) Nine.
(d) Three.

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

4. 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) John Fiske.
(c) Samuel Elridge.
(d) Mark Twain.

5. What term did John Witherspoon coin, framing it within the context of vulgarity?
(a) Anglophile.
(b) Scientist.
(c) Briticism.
(d) Americanism.

Short Answer Questions

1. What country's works dominated the reading habits of the American colonists in the latter 18th century?

2. Who is the author of "Travels in North America," published in 1827?

3. To what continent does Mencken attribute the acknowledgment of the differences between American and British English?

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

5. Which Founding Father is said to have sought to establish a new American alphabet?

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