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. Whose clarity of prevision does Mencken praise in the opening of Chapter 1.1?
(a) Franklin.
(b) Madison.
(c) Waldo.
(d) Jefferson.

2. Who is apparently the first literary critic to point out the "enormous gap between the literate and unliterate American"?
(a) I.A. Richards.
(b) Rene Wellek.
(c) Francis Hackett.
(d) Allen Tate.

3. According to Mencken, the word "none" is a degenerate composition of what two words?
(a) No one.
(b) Not one.
(c) No tone.
(d) Not on.

4. According to Chapter 8.4, what is the first impulse behind American imitation of English orthography?
(a) Convenience.
(b) Anti-colonialism.
(c) Affectation.
(d) Compromise for cheaper printing.

5. How is the "portmanteau-word" formed?
(a) By blending two words.
(b) By onomatopoeic creativity.
(c) By mixing parts of words with the same meaning in different languages.
(d) By finding the true root in the word.

Short Answer Questions

1. From what language does the English word "moose" come?

2. What is the English word for a collection of colleges?

3. What word in common honorifics did Edwin S. Gould protest against omitting in 1867?

4. Who is the author of "Dissertations on the English Language"?

5. What does John S. Farmer describe the Western vernacular as being?

(see the answer key)

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