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. To how many in number does the comparative adjective relate?
(a) Four or less.
(b) Five or more.
(c) Three or more.
(d) Two.

2. To what do English writers usually ascribe the American custom of numbering and lettering streets?
(a) Ingenuity.
(b) Easiness.
(c) Poverty of invention.
(d) A lack of wit.

3. Which word do the English always place prior to the proper noun whereas Americans place it after, as Mencken reports at the end of Chapter 10.3?
(a) Lake.
(b) County.
(c) Street.
(d) River.

4. What "great humorist" does Mencken cite in Chapter 1.3 as "celebrating 'the vigorous new vernacular of the occidental plains and mountains'"?
(a) Mark Twain.
(b) William Dean Howells.
(c) Samuel Elridge.
(d) John Fiske.

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

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. Which of the following groups of foreign immigrants does Mencken not attribute influence over American English in Chapter 6.4?

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

4. How many classifications of Americanisms does Gilbert M. Tucker provide in 1921?

5. How many dialects dominate American English, according to Chapter 1.5?

(see the answer key)

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