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. What English word does the author of "Men and Manners" lament about the American re-signification?
(a) Missionary.
(b) College.
(c) Clever.
(d) Buttock.

2. Which word do Americans use for "angry" that was once an English provincialism considered base?
(a) Mad.
(b) Pissed.
(c) Irritated.
(d) Furious.

3. Which term do English dictionaries all describe as an Americanism from the comparative list in Chapter 4.1, despite the English version being frequently used in America?
(a) Railroad.
(b) Rooster.
(c) Hog-pen.
(d) Freight.

4. What vowel sound was dominant in 18th century New England pronunciation, despite common protests to the contrary?
(a) Broad a.
(b) Broad o.
(c) Flat a.
(d) Flat e.

5. What is the English meaning of the phrase "to carry on"?
(a) To be on the job.
(b) To talk endlessly.
(c) To raise hell.
(d) To shoulder one's pack.

Short Answer Questions

1. To what phrase did Benjamin Franklin, Noah Webster, and Robert Southey object as a base Americanism, as discussed in Chapter 2.3?

2. From what language does the English word "moose" come?

3. What term did John Witherspoon coin, framing it within the context of vulgarity?

4. How many classifications of Americanisms does Bartlett postulate in his 1859 dictionary?

5. What "great humorist" does Mencken cite in Chapter 1.3 as "celebrating 'the vigorous new vernacular of the occidental plains and mountains'"?

(see the answer key)

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