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

2. Mencken claims that Noah Webster contains less of the scientific inquirer and more of what?
(a) The father.
(b) The philological traditionalist.
(c) The erudite fool.
(d) The teacher.

3. According to Mencken, Italians often take the names of what nationality when they marry?
(a) English.
(b) German.
(c) Irish.
(d) French.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In what language does Mencken state the double negative was once "quite respectable?"

2. What leads most of the studies of the sounds of the American common speech astray, according to Mencken in Chapter 9.10?

3. Which European language has exerted the most influence on the American language?

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

5. To what does Mencken ascribe the inflection of English adjectives?

(see the answer key)

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