The American Language Quiz | Eight Week Quiz G

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 11.1.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. For what word does Mencken say "incidence" is commonly mistaken to be a synonym?
(a) Story.
(b) Happening.
(c) Similarity.
(d) Number.

2. From which of the following have the English changed their spelling?
(a) Programme.
(b) Kilogramme.
(c) Gramme.
(d) Develope.

3. What is the second characteristic that Mencken attributes to American English in Chapter 1.5?
(a) Disunity of regional dialects.
(b) Translatability to British English.
(c) Resistance to neologisms.
(d) Disregard of rule and precedent.

4. Which of the following is often used in England to designate a thoroughfare?
(a) Lane.
(b) Drive.
(c) Avenue.
(d) Boulevard.

5. Which of the early presidents does Mencken identify as archetypal of the new American?
(a) Andrew Jackson.
(b) George Washington.
(c) James Monroe.
(d) Thomas Jefferson.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the longest list of spelling changes from English to American that Mencken gives in Chapter 8.1?

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

3. What ethnicity of people, through the influence of the mercantile class, is referred to by a different name in the United States than in England?

4. What sort of distinction frequently occurs between an adverb and its primary adjective?

5. What language does Mencken quote Sidney Low as saying is not taught to English youth?

(see the answer key)

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