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. How many dialects dominate American English, according to Chapter 1.5?
(a) Two.
(b) Four.
(c) Ten.
(d) None.

2. 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) Territorial expansiveness.
(c) Political disharmony.
(d) Lack of a national literature.

3. Who was the author of the couplet that Mencken quotes: "For thou art a girl as much brighter than her / As he was a poet sublimer than me"?
(a) Matthew Arnold.
(b) Percy Bysse Shelley.
(c) Matthew Prior.
(d) John Keats.

4. What moniker of currency has persisted in America despite having no currency properly of that name?
(a) Nickel.
(b) Pence.
(c) Penny.
(d) Bill.

5. What vowel sound was dominant in 18th century New England pronunciation, despite common protests to the contrary?
(a) Flat a.
(b) Broad a.
(c) Flat e.
(d) Broad o.

Short Answer Questions

1. For which voiceless consonant is the voiced "d" substituting with growing regularity, according to Mearns?

2. What language does the formalism of English grammarians come from?

3. Which of the following is a term used by philologists to indicate the "instinctive search, etymologically unsound, for short roots in long words"?

4. What Anglo-Saxon word does Mencken report the colonists refused to replace with an Old Norse word of similar meaning?

5. What was the Anglo-Saxon form of the modern-day word "my," according to Mencken in Chapter 9.4?

(see the answer key)

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