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 is the author of "Dissertations on the English Language"?
(a) Benjamin Franklin.
(b) H.L. Mencken.
(c) Thomas Jefferson.
(d) Noah Webster.

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

3. To what continent does Mencken attribute the acknowledgment of the differences between American and British English?
(a) North America.
(b) Asia.
(c) South America.
(d) Europe.

4. What "Anglomaniac affectation" did Noah Webster sneer at in 1789?
(a) The broad "a."
(b) Clinging to the silent "u" as in "honour."
(c) The recalcitrance to neologisms.
(d) The literature of Fowler.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does John S. Farmer describe the Western vernacular as being?

2. What notable author was the first Englishman to carry Americanisms successfully back to his home?

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

4. What does Mencken say newspaper reporters no longer "slobber" over?

5. What word does Mencken find Dr. John Dewey using in place of the word "opium?"

(see the answer key)

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