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 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 bombing of London.
(d) The First World War.

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

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

4. What Anglo-Saxon word does Mencken report the colonists refused to replace with an Old Norse word of similar meaning?
(a) Hale.
(b) Ill.
(c) Sick.
(d) Vapid.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which letter of the alphabet do Americans differ in pronunciation from other English-speaking countries?

3. Which is the second factor that Mencken identifies as an impediment to the growth of the American language in Chapter 3.1?

4. Which European language has exerted the most influence on the American language?

5. Mencken claims that Noah Webster contains less of the scientific inquirer and more of what?

(see the answer key)

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