The American Language Quiz | Eight Week Quiz C

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 4.4 | Chapter 4.5.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does the English "secondary school" correspond to in American?
(a) Middle school.
(b) High school.
(c) Elementary school.
(d) College.

3. Which of the early presidents does Mencken identify as archetypal of the new American?
(a) James Monroe.
(b) George Washington.
(c) Andrew Jackson.
(d) Thomas Jefferson.

4. In terms of politics, an American candidate "runs" for office. What does an English candidate do?
(a) Jumps.
(b) Stands.
(c) Sits.
(d) Sprints.

5. Who protested the adoption of the broad "a" in an 1857 work entitled "The Autocrat at the Breakfast Table"?
(a) Oliver Wendell Holmes.
(b) Noah Webster.
(c) Frank H. Vizetelly.
(d) Richard Meade Bache.

Short Answer Questions

1. What use of storage was added to the American meaning of the word "barn?"

2. Which London newspaper lamented the "menace" that American movies offer to the purity of the English language?

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

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

5. What language does Mencken quote Sidney Low as saying is not taught to English youth?

(see the answer key)

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