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. According to Mencken, the name of what game puzzles etymologists?
(a) Badminton.
(b) Whist.
(c) Football.
(d) Poker.

2. 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?
(a) Intercommunication.
(b) Travel.
(c) Localisms.
(d) Publishing.

3. What sound did Webster object to inserting in words such as "gradual" and "nature," before the "u"?
(a) Ch.
(b) Y.
(c) Dh.
(d) T.

4. What is the universal substitute for the word "ye" as described in Chapter 6.2?
(a) Thou.
(b) The.
(c) Thee.
(d) You.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following was not used as a substitute for the once indecent term, for highly refined ears, "bull"?

2. Which of the following groups of immigrants does Mencken claim have a profound effect on not only the American vocabulary, but also its pronunciation and idiom?

3. What Anglo-Saxon word does Mencken report the colonists refused to replace with an Old Norse word of similar meaning?

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

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

(see the answer key)

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