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. Which phrase did Oliver Wendell Holmes use to describe the state of the person who makes use of slang?
(a) Bumbling idiocy.
(b) Creative genius.
(c) Intellectual alacrity.
(d) Mental atrophy.

2. What spelling change is made from English to American in words such as "connection"?
(a) Connexion to connection.
(b) Conection to connection.
(c) Conexion to connection.
(d) Connectin to connection.

3. Which term do English dictionaries all describe as an Americanism from the comparative list in Chapter 4.1, despite the English version being frequently used in America?
(a) Freight.
(b) Hog-pen.
(c) Railroad.
(d) Rooster.

4. Which reporter first brings colloquial Americanisms to the written word, according to Mencken in Chapter 9.2?
(a) Ring W. Lardner.
(b) J.C. Neal.
(c) Josh Billings.
(d) George Ade.

5. Who proposed a generally accepted nomenclature for currency in 1785?
(a) Richard Grant White.
(b) Gouverneur Morris.
(c) Noah Webster.
(d) Thomas Jefferson.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the report of Beverley, what did a group of soldiers turn into after eating some Jimson Weed?

2. Which double negative word is primarily found in Shakespeare?

3. According to Mencken, which of the following does "one American professor of English" predict will become a spelling form of the future?

4. Who is the author of "A Doll's House," who puts bad grammar into Nora Helmar's mouth?

5. Whom does Mencken quote as saying, at the beginning of Chapter 10.4, "Such a locality as 'the <i>corner of Avenue H and Twenty-third street,</I> is about as distinctly American as Algonquin and Iroquois names like <i>Mississippi</i> and <i>Saratoga</i>"?

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