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 notable author was the first Englishman to carry Americanisms successfully back to his home?
(a) Charles Dickens.
(b) Cleveland Coxe.
(c) G.K. Chesterton.
(d) Joseph Conrad.

2. In what century did Americans begin to rebel against the capitalization trends dominant in England?
(a) The eighteenth.
(b) The seventeenth.
(c) The nineteenth.
(d) The twentieth.

3. What class of Americans is most influenced by Briticisms, according to Mencken in Chapter 5.2?
(a) The fashionable.
(b) The vulgar.
(c) The middle-class.
(d) The poor.

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

5. What English word does the author of "Men and Manners" lament about the American re-signification?
(a) Clever.
(b) Missionary.
(c) College.
(d) Buttock.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the longest list of spelling changes from English to American that Mencken gives in Chapter 8.1?

2. In which city are the French names of streets reported by Mencken to be beautiful but so barbarously pronounced as to be unrecognizable by a Frenchman?

3. 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>"?

4. What language does Mencken quote Sidney Low as saying is not taught to English youth?

5. What vowel sound was dominant in 18th century New England pronunciation, despite common protests to the contrary?

(see the answer key)

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