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 newspaper reporters no longer "slobber" over?
(a) Ceremonies.
(b) Interviews.
(c) Tragedies.
(d) British idioms.

2. What is frequently omitted in phrases indicated desire or intent, as indicated in Chapter 9.9?
(a) Adverbial modifiers.
(b) Verbs of action.
(c) The subject noun(s).
(d) Adjectival modifiers.

3. Which 1914 English dictionary made many important concessions to American spellings?
(a) The London Pocket Dictionary.
(b) The Cambridge Fleet Edition.
(c) The New English Dictionary.
(d) The Concise Oxford Dictionary.

4. For which voiceless consonant is the voiced "d" substituting with growing regularity, according to Mearns?
(a) B.
(b) C.
(c) S.
(d) T.

5. What "Anglomaniac affectation" did Noah Webster sneer at in 1789?
(a) The broad "a."
(b) The literature of Fowler.
(c) Clinging to the silent "u" as in "honour."
(d) The recalcitrance to neologisms.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What purpose does the double negative primarily serve?

3. Whom does Mencken use to exemplify the flouting of linguistic purity in Chapter 6.1?

4. What event does Mencken credit with strengthening the obfuscation of distinction between American and British English?

5. Mencken reports hearing of a German named "Knoche," who to avoid being called "Nokky," changed his name to what?

(see the answer key)

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