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

2. To what phrase did Benjamin Franklin, Noah Webster, and Robert Southey object as a base Americanism, as discussed in Chapter 2.3?
(a) To process.
(b) To advocate.
(c) Free endorsement.
(d) To indulge.

3. According to the tale spread by William Gifford, what language was supposed to be substituted for English during the Revolutionary War?
(a) Spanish.
(b) Hebrew.
(c) Latin.
(d) French.

4. How many classifications of Americanisms does Gilbert M. Tucker provide in 1921?
(a) Twenty.
(b) Two.
(c) Thirteen.
(d) Twelve.

5. What word did the editor of the Westminster Gazette substitute for the incomprehensible dash in the mangled Americanism of Rupert Brooke?
(a) Brains.
(b) Jugs.
(c) Boots.
(d) Bottom.

Short Answer Questions

1. Mencken describes the American language as having a "democratic enmity" to all what, in the beginning of Chapter 6.1?

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?

3. According to the report of Beverley, what did a group of soldiers turn into after eating some Jimson Weed?

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

5. What is the universal substitute for the word "ye" as described in Chapter 6.2?

(see the answer key)

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