The American Language Quiz | Eight Week Quiz D

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 6.1 | Chapter 6.2.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How many pages in "The King's English" are dedicated to explaining the distinction between "will" and "shall"?
(a) 15.
(b) 0.
(c) 20.
(d) 30.

3. According to Mencken, how do the Americans consider the precise English use of the indefinite pronoun ("one")?
(a) Disdainfully.
(b) Apathetically.
(c) Ambiguously.
(d) Respectfully.

4. What word does Mencken find Dr. John Dewey using in place of the word "opium?"
(a) Poppy.
(b) Dope.
(c) Crack.
(d) Skag.

5. According to Mencken, which title is subject to the greatest divergence in usage?
(a) Professor.
(b) General.
(c) Doctor.
(d) The Honorable.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where was the broad "a" principally established prior to the Civil War?

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

3. Which defender of Americanisms cited by Mencken in Chapter 1.3 states that "Language is made by the people"?

4. What word did Webster argue should have its vowel sound changed to "ee" instead of "eh"?

5. What event does Mencken credit with strengthening the obfuscation of distinction between American and British English?

(see the answer key)

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