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

2. What word was "coatee" used as a diminutive for?
(a) Beard.
(b) Shawl.
(c) Coat.
(d) Hat.

3. Whom does Mencken use to exemplify the flouting of linguistic purity in Chapter 6.1?
(a) Working men.
(b) Politicians.
(c) Professors.
(d) Famers.

4. Which London newspaper lamented the "menace" that American movies offer to the purity of the English language?
(a) The <i>Times</i>.
(b) The <i>Daily Herald</i>.
(c) The <i>Illustrated London News</i>.
(d) The <i>Daily News</i>.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Mencken list as dominant the English alternative for the word "mail"?

3. Who protested the adoption of the broad "a" in an 1857 work entitled "The Autocrat at the Breakfast Table"?

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

5. What vowel sound was dominant in 18th century New England pronunciation, despite common protests to the contrary?

(see the answer key)

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