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. In what location does Mencken say both the American and English orthographies flourish side by side?
(a) Hong Kong.
(b) New England.
(c) Canada.
(d) Australia.

2. Which is the second factor that Mencken identifies as an impediment to the growth of the American language in Chapter 3.1?
(a) Regional diversity.
(b) Lack of a national literature.
(c) Political disharmony.
(d) Territorial expansiveness.

3. What is the physical basis to which the nasal twang of Americans is ascribed?
(a) The moist climate.
(b) The dry climate.
(c) Genetic diversity.
(d) Colder air.

4. Which is the first factor that Mencken identifies as an immediate impediment to the growth of the American language in Chapter 3.1?
(a) Regional diversity.
(b) Lack of a national literature.
(c) Political disharmony.
(d) Territorial expansiveness.

5. Which word do Americans use for "angry" that was once an English provincialism considered base?
(a) Furious.
(b) Pissed.
(c) Irritated.
(d) Mad.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following groups of foreign immigrants does Mencken not attribute influence over American English in Chapter 6.4?

2. Who is the author of "Travels in North America," published in 1827?

3. What sound did Webster object to inserting in words such as "gradual" and "nature," before the "u"?

4. In what language did the American derivative "coyote" originate?

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

(see the answer key)

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