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. What class of Americans is most influenced by Briticisms, according to Mencken in Chapter 5.2?
(a) The middle-class.
(b) The vulgar.
(c) The fashionable.
(d) The poor.

2. Which Americanized foreign loan-word in the common speech means, in its vulgar loaned form, "to prance or to walk consciously"?
(a) Habichoo.
(b) Sashay.
(c) Minoot.
(d) Proteege.

3. Mencken reports hearing of a German named "Knoche," who to avoid being called "Nokky," changed his name to what?
(a) Nock.
(b) Knowles.
(c) Nixon.
(d) Knox.

4. In what dialect of English is "slick" used synonymously with "sleek" according to Chapter 9.10?
(a) Australian.
(b) English.
(c) South African.
(d) American.

5. Whose "gaping maw" often spoils an "apt and ingenious neologism," according to Mencken in Chapter 11.1?
(a) The proletariat.
(b) The popular novelists.
(c) The elite.
(d) The popular journalists.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Mencken state are the true makers of grammar in Chapter 9.1?

2. How is the "portmanteau-word" formed?

3. Which of the early presidents does Mencken identify as archetypal of the new American?

4. Lounsbury is reported as saying that, "The history of language, when looked at from the purely grammatical point of view, is little else than the history of" what?

5. Into what was the French surname "Beauchamp" translated in America?

(see the answer key)

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