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 does Mencken say, in colloquial American, has obliterated the verb?
(a) Over-regulation.
(b) Vulgar speech.
(c) Illiteracy.
(d) The auxiliary.

2. Who is the author of "Dissertations on the English Language"?
(a) Noah Webster.
(b) Thomas Jefferson.
(c) H.L. Mencken.
(d) Benjamin Franklin.

3. Which Founding Father is said to have sought to establish a new American alphabet?
(a) George Washington.
(b) Thomas Jefferson.
(c) John Hancock.
(d) Benjamin Franklin.

4. Which of the following was not used as a substitute for the once indecent term, for highly refined ears, "bull"?
(a) Male-cow.
(b) Standing-cow.
(c) Gentleman-cow.
(d) Cow-creature.

5. Which is the second factor that Mencken identifies as an impediment to the growth of the American language in Chapter 3.1?
(a) Territorial expansiveness.
(b) Regional diversity.
(c) Lack of a national literature.
(d) Political disharmony.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which still-popular German given name survives today, with a slight change in spelling, as Mencken reports in Chapter 10.2?

2. How many classifications of Americanisms does Bartlett postulate in his 1859 dictionary?

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

4. According to Chapter 2.6, what regional pronunciation is erroneously thought by some to have superior authority regarding English pronunciation?

5. As what part of speech does vulgar American consider the word "self" within the spirit of the language?

(see the answer key)

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