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 does Mencken say newspaper reporters no longer "slobber" over?
(a) British idioms.
(b) Ceremonies.
(c) Tragedies.
(d) Interviews.

2. What is the second characteristic that Mencken attributes to American English in Chapter 1.5?
(a) Translatability to British English.
(b) Disregard of rule and precedent.
(c) Disunity of regional dialects.
(d) Resistance to neologisms.

3. According to Mencken, democratic government is essentially government by whom?
(a) Businessmen.
(b) Amateurs.
(c) The working class.
(d) Politicians.

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

5. Which of the following did the African slaves NOT introduce to American English?
(a) Voodoo.
(b) Gumbo.
(c) Goober.
(d) Banjo.

Short Answer Questions

1. What event does Mencken credit with strengthening the obfuscation of distinction between American and British English?

2. What word did the editor of the Westminster Gazette substitute for the incomprehensible dash in the mangled Americanism of Rupert Brooke?

3. To what country does the English correspondent in Chapter 4.5 ascribe many American expletives?

4. What is the American substitute for the English word "tin"?

5. According to Mencken, which title is subject to the greatest divergence in usage?

(see the answer key)

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