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 proposed a generally accepted nomenclature for currency in 1785?
(a) Thomas Jefferson.
(b) Gouverneur Morris.
(c) Noah Webster.
(d) Richard Grant White.

2. What ethnicity of people, through the influence of the mercantile class, is referred to by a different name in the United States than in England?
(a) Black/African American.
(b) Latino/Hispanic.
(c) Jew/Hebrew.
(d) White/Caucasian.

3. What use of storage was added to the American meaning of the word "barn?"
(a) Crops.
(b) Cattle.
(c) Chickens.
(d) Horses.

4. 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) John Fiske.
(d) Mark Twain.

5. Which Founding Father coined the term "to belittle"?
(a) Thomas Jefferson.
(b) Benjamin Franklin.
(c) Alexander Hamilton.
(d) James Madison.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which London newspaper lamented the "menace" that American movies offer to the purity of the English language?

2. Which is the first factor that Mencken identifies as an immediate impediment to the growth of the American language in Chapter 3.1?

3. Who is the author of "Travels in North America," published in 1827?

4. The prudish reluctance to name what sort of diseases hindered proper preventative information?

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

(see the answer key)

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