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. According to Mencken, how do the Americans consider the precise English use of the indefinite pronoun ("one")?
(a) Apathetically.
(b) Ambiguously.
(c) Disdainfully.
(d) Respectfully.

2. What word in common honorifics did Edwin S. Gould protest against omitting in 1867?
(a) Very.
(b) Most.
(c) The.
(d) Right.

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

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) John Fiske.
(c) Samuel Elridge.
(d) William Dean Howells.

5. Who is the author of "Travels in North America," published in 1827?
(a) Basil Hall.
(b) Louis Untermeyer.
(c) Henry Alford.
(d) Charles Astor Bristed.

Short Answer Questions

1. To what country does the English correspondent in Chapter 4.5 ascribe many American expletives?

2. To what continent does Mencken attribute the acknowledgment of the differences between American and British English?

3. How do the English pronounce the first syllable in "lieutenant"?

4. Which case of the noun in English yet has an inflection at the time of Mencken's writing?

5. What is the American substitute for the English word "tin"?

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