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

2. 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) Samuel Johnson.
(b) Noah Webster.
(c) Thomas Jefferson.
(d) Benjamin Franklin.

3. What does the English "secondary school" correspond to in American?
(a) Middle school.
(b) College.
(c) High school.
(d) Elementary school.

4. What leads most of the studies of the sounds of the American common speech astray, according to Mencken in Chapter 9.10?
(a) Individualistic interpretation.
(b) English conventionalism.
(c) A lack of scope.
(d) Laziness.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In what century did England replace the "i-sound" with the "oi-sound" in words such as "boy"?

2. Which European language has exerted the most influence on the American language?

3. How many classifications of Americanisms does Gilbert M. Tucker provide in 1921?

4. Which Americanized foreign loan-word in the common speech means, in its vulgar loaned form, "to prance or to walk consciously"?

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

(see the answer key)

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