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. 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) Percy Bysse Shelley.
(b) Matthew Arnold.
(c) Matthew Prior.
(d) John Keats.

2. What is the American substitute for the English word "tin"?
(a) Dish.
(b) Cup.
(c) Bucket.
(d) Can.

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

4. From what language does the English word "moose" come?
(a) Algonquin.
(b) Cherokee.
(c) English.
(d) Italian.

5. The prudish reluctance to name what sort of diseases hindered proper preventative information?
(a) Psychological.
(b) Venereal.
(c) Cancerous.
(d) Gastro-intestinal.

Short Answer Questions

1. What name is the Italian "Giuseppe" transformed into?

2. To what country does the English correspondent in Chapter 4.5 ascribe many American expletives?

3. In what language did the American derivative "coyote" originate?

4. Which letter of the alphabet do Americans differ in pronunciation from other English-speaking countries?

5. What letter, when preceding a consonant, greatly irritated Henry James like a "morose grinding of the back teeth?"

(see the answer key)

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