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 word for a collection of colleges?
(a) A University.
(b) A Collegiate.
(c) A Maltin.
(d) A Cardinal.

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

3. Which letter of the alphabet do Americans differ in pronunciation from other English-speaking countries?
(a) J.
(b) Z.
(c) W.
(d) X.

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

5. How many pages in "The King's English" are dedicated to explaining the distinction between "will" and "shall"?
(a) 0.
(b) 20.
(c) 30.
(d) 15.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whom does Mencken use to exemplify the flouting of linguistic purity in Chapter 6.1?

2. Whose clarity of prevision does Mencken praise in the opening of Chapter 1.1?

3. According to Mencken, what did the first generations born in the New World value as a virtue over enterprise and resourcefulness?

4. According to Mencken, democratic government is essentially government by whom?

5. In terms of politics, an American candidate "runs" for office. What does an English candidate do?

(see the answer key)

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