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. Whose clarity of prevision does Mencken praise in the opening of Chapter 1.1?
(a) Jefferson.
(b) Madison.
(c) Waldo.
(d) Franklin.

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

3. Over how many post offices does Mencken state bear the adjective "New"?
(a) 350.
(b) 820.
(c) 600.
(d) 525.

4. What ethnicity of people, through the influence of the mercantile class, is referred to by a different name in the United States than in England?
(a) White/Caucasian.
(b) Black/African American.
(c) Jew/Hebrew.
(d) Latino/Hispanic.

5. How do the English pronounce the first syllable in "lieutenant"?
(a) Yeift.
(b) Left.
(c) Loo.
(d) Lee-oo.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Mencken say, in colloquial American, has obliterated the verb?

2. Which adjectival prefix does Mencken state is confined to the more sophisticated classes?

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

4. What word best describes the English attitude towards the adoption of foreign loan-words, in contrast to the American attitude?

5. Whom does Mencken quote as saying, at the beginning of Chapter 10.4, "Such a locality as 'the <i>corner of Avenue H and Twenty-third street,</I> is about as distinctly American as Algonquin and Iroquois names like <i>Mississippi</i> and <i>Saratoga</i>"?

(see the answer key)

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