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, the name of what game puzzles etymologists?
(a) Football.
(b) Badminton.
(c) Whist.
(d) Poker.

2. Which Founding Father is said to have sought to establish a new American alphabet?
(a) John Hancock.
(b) George Washington.
(c) Benjamin Franklin.
(d) Thomas Jefferson.

3. What "great humorist" does Mencken cite in Chapter 1.3 as "celebrating 'the vigorous new vernacular of the occidental plains and mountains'"?
(a) Samuel Elridge.
(b) John Fiske.
(c) Mark Twain.
(d) William Dean Howells.

4. Which of the following was not used as a substitute for the once indecent term, for highly refined ears, "bull"?
(a) Cow-creature.
(b) Gentleman-cow.
(c) Standing-cow.
(d) Male-cow.

5. What does John S. Farmer describe the Western vernacular as being?
(a) Irreverent and irrelevant.
(b) Racy and pungent.
(c) Dry and prolonged.
(d) Flippant and pointless.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where was the broad "a" principally established prior to the Civil War?

2. Which of the following groups of immigrants does Mencken claim have a profound effect on not only the American vocabulary, but also its pronunciation and idiom?

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

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

5. According to the tale spread by William Gifford, what language was supposed to be substituted for English during the Revolutionary War?

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