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. According to Mencken, how do the English pronounce "been?"
(a) Bean.
(b) Bain.
(c) Bin.
(d) Bein.

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

3. According to Mencken, the English opposition to American spelling transcends the academic and takes on the character of what?
(a) The ethical.
(b) The patriotic.
(c) The political.
(d) The religious.

4. Who published a work in 1768 entitled "Scheme for a New Alphabet and a Reformed Mode of Spelling, with Remarks and Examples Concerning the Same, and an Enquiry into its Uses"?
(a) Thomas Jefferson.
(b) Samuel Johnson.
(c) Benjamin Franklin.
(d) Noah Webster.

5. The prudish reluctance to name what sort of diseases hindered proper preventative information?
(a) Cancerous.
(b) Psychological.
(c) Gastro-intestinal.
(d) Venereal.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Sayce say that language is composed of in 1879?

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

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

4. What vowel sound was dominant in 18th century New England pronunciation, despite common protests to the contrary?

5. What word was "coatee" used as a diminutive for?

(see the answer key)

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