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. Which is the second factor that Mencken identifies as an impediment to the growth of the American language in Chapter 3.1?
(a) Regional diversity.
(b) Territorial expansiveness.
(c) Political disharmony.
(d) Lack of a national literature.

2. Which is the first factor that Mencken identifies as an immediate impediment to the growth of the American language in Chapter 3.1?
(a) Territorial expansiveness.
(b) Regional diversity.
(c) Political disharmony.
(d) Lack of a national literature.

3. Which of the following did the African slaves NOT introduce to American English?
(a) Voodoo.
(b) Banjo.
(c) Goober.
(d) Gumbo.

4. 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.

5. 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) John Fiske.
(c) Samuel Elridge.
(d) William Dean Howells.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. Which of the early presidents does Mencken identify as archetypal of the new American?

5. What is the English word for a collection of colleges?

(see the answer key)

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