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. What is the principal reason Mencken states that the English language has not greatly diverged since the foundation of the United States of America?
(a) Solidarity of higher education.
(b) American neo-classical tastes.
(c) Transatlantic travel.
(d) Transatlantic communication.

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

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

4. For what word does Mencken say "incidence" is commonly mistaken to be a synonym?
(a) Happening.
(b) Story.
(c) Similarity.
(d) Number.

5. What is frequently omitted in phrases indicated desire or intent, as indicated in Chapter 9.9?
(a) Adjectival modifiers.
(b) The subject noun(s).
(c) Verbs of action.
(d) Adverbial modifiers.

Short Answer Questions

1. What English word does the author of "Men and Manners" lament about the American re-signification?

2. What purpose does the double negative primarily serve?

3. Lounsbury is reported as saying that, "The history of language, when looked at from the purely grammatical point of view, is little else than the history of" what?

4. As what part of speech does vulgar American consider the word "self" within the spirit of the language?

5. Which London newspaper lamented the "menace" that American movies offer to the purity of the English language?

(see the answer key)

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