The American Language Quiz | Eight Week Quiz E

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 9.2 | Chapter 9.3.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who "tries" a legal case in England?
(a) The jury.
(b) The judge.
(c) The barrister.
(d) The solicitor.

2. Which of the following is a term used by philologists to indicate the "instinctive search, etymologically unsound, for short roots in long words"?
(a) Back-formation.
(b) Deconstructing.
(c) Etymanalyzing.
(d) Formative de-synthesizing.

3. What country's works dominated the reading habits of the American colonists in the latter 18th century?
(a) Denmark.
(b) England.
(c) Germany.
(d) France.

4. What language does the formalism of English grammarians come from?
(a) Spanish.
(b) French.
(c) Latin.
(d) German.

5. Which defender of Americanisms cited by Mencken in Chapter 1.3 states that "Language is made by the people"?
(a) Richard Aldington.
(b) George Ade.
(c) Edgar Jepson.
(d) William Archer.

Short Answer Questions

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

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. What difference in pronunciation does Mencken state most sharply distinguishes the two dialects?

4. How many classifications of Americanisms does Gilbert M. Tucker provide in 1921?

5. What "Anglomaniac affectation" did Noah Webster sneer at in 1789?

(see the answer key)

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