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. What word best describes the English attitude towards the adoption of foreign loan-words, in contrast to the American attitude?
(a) Accepting.
(b) Tolerating.
(c) Liberal.
(d) Conservative.

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

3. What does Mencken say, in colloquial American, has obliterated the verb?
(a) Illiteracy.
(b) Vulgar speech.
(c) The auxiliary.
(d) Over-regulation.

4. What difference in pronunciation does Mencken state most sharply distinguishes the two dialects?
(a) The normative "ch."
(b) The normative "o."
(c) The normative "-ary" suffix.
(d) The normative "a."

5. Which of the following does Wilcox not list as a negative treatment of the English language by grammarians?
(a) Excessive revision.
(b) Excessive classification.
(c) Excessive inflection.
(d) Multiplication of terms for a single conception.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following was not used as a substitute for the once indecent term, for highly refined ears, "bull"?

2. Which 1914 English dictionary made many important concessions to American spellings?

3. In what location does Mencken say both the American and English orthographies flourish side by side?

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

5. Which of the following is one of the three great causes of change in language according to Sayce, as reported in Chapter 9.3?

(see the answer key)

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