The American Language Quiz | Eight Week Quiz F

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 9.10.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which reporter first brings colloquial Americanisms to the written word, according to Mencken in Chapter 9.2?
(a) George Ade.
(b) Ring W. Lardner.
(c) J.C. Neal.
(d) Josh Billings.

2. According to Mencken, what did the first generations born in the New World value as a virtue over enterprise and resourcefulness?
(a) Courage.
(b) Temperance.
(c) Ingenuity.
(d) Niceness.

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

4. To what phrase did Benjamin Franklin, Noah Webster, and Robert Southey object as a base Americanism, as discussed in Chapter 2.3?
(a) To process.
(b) To advocate.
(c) Free endorsement.
(d) To indulge.

5. Which Americanized foreign loan-word in the common speech means, in its vulgar loaned form, "to prance or to walk consciously"?
(a) Proteege.
(b) Sashay.
(c) Habichoo.
(d) Minoot.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the movement towards the general vowel neutralization promise to do in the future, according to Mencken?

2. To what does Mencken ascribe the inflection of English adjectives?

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

4. According to Benjamin Franklin, what was roughly the population of the colonies in 1751?

5. Which organization produced a prospectus in 1913 that warned against extreme English conservatism in the spelling of foreign loan-words?

(see the answer key)

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