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. 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>"?
(a) W.W. Crane.
(b) Noah Webster.
(c) George Phillip Krapp.
(d) Charles Astor Bristed.

2. What language does Mencken quote Sidney Low as saying is not taught to English youth?
(a) Latin.
(b) American.
(c) Greek.
(d) Russian.

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

4. What does John S. Farmer describe the Western vernacular as being?
(a) Racy and pungent.
(b) Dry and prolonged.
(c) Irreverent and irrelevant.
(d) Flippant and pointless.

5. The prudish reluctance to name what sort of diseases hindered proper preventative information?
(a) Venereal.
(b) Cancerous.
(c) Psychological.
(d) Gastro-intestinal.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which defender of Americanisms cited by Mencken in Chapter 1.3 states that "Language is made by the people"?

3. What word does Mencken find Dr. John Dewey using in place of the word "opium?"

4. What does the English "secondary school" correspond to in American?

5. What is the second characteristic that Mencken attributes to American English in Chapter 1.5?

(see the answer key)

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