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 English word does the author of "Men and Manners" lament about the American re-signification?
(a) Missionary.
(b) Clever.
(c) Buttock.
(d) College.

2. Which of the following groups of immigrants does Mencken claim have a profound effect on not only the American vocabulary, but also its pronunciation and idiom?
(a) Irish.
(b) Scottish.
(c) Italian.
(d) Danish.

3. Who protested the adoption of the broad "a" in an 1857 work entitled "The Autocrat at the Breakfast Table"?
(a) Noah Webster.
(b) Oliver Wendell Holmes.
(c) Richard Meade Bache.
(d) Frank H. Vizetelly.

4. Which of the following is a term used by philologists to indicate the "instinctive search, etymologically unsound, for short roots in long words"?
(a) Back-formation.
(b) Deconstructing.
(c) Etymanalyzing.
(d) Formative de-synthesizing.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to Mencken, the word "none" is a degenerate composition of what two words?

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

4. What leads most of the studies of the sounds of the American common speech astray, according to Mencken in Chapter 9.10?

5. In terms of politics, an American candidate "runs" for office. What does an English candidate do?

(see the answer key)

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