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. 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?
(a) Corruptions.
(b) Innovations.
(c) Aberrations.
(d) Regulations.

2. Whom does Mencken use to exemplify the flouting of linguistic purity in Chapter 6.1?
(a) Working men.
(b) Famers.
(c) Politicians.
(d) Professors.

3. Which still-popular German given name survives today, with a slight change in spelling, as Mencken reports in Chapter 10.2?
(a) Karl.
(b) Wilhelm.
(c) Hans.
(d) Franz.

4. How is "Des Moines" pronounced in American, according to Mencken?
(a) "Dess-moyn."
(b) "Dei-moyns."
(c) "Dai-moins."
(d) "Dee-moyns."

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

Short Answer Questions

1. To what does Mencken ascribe the inflection of English adjectives?

2. Which reporter first brings colloquial Americanisms to the written word, according to Mencken in Chapter 9.2?

3. In what location does Mencken say both the American and English orthographies flourish side by side?

4. According to Mencken at the beginning of Chapter 1.3, what do the novelists and newspapermen on either side of the Atlantic ocean delight in?

5. In what century did England replace the "i-sound" with the "oi-sound" in words such as "boy"?

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