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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 apparently the first literary critic to point out the "enormous gap between the literate and unliterate American"?
(a) Rene Wellek.
(b) Allen Tate.
(c) I.A. Richards.
(d) Francis Hackett.
2. Which of the following groups of immigrants does Mencken claim have a profound effect on not only the American vocabulary, but also its pronunciation and idiom?
3. In what part of the country did the Irish attain to a "truly impressive political power before the first native-born generation of them had grown up" as Mencken states in Chapter 10.1?
(a) The Western cities.
(b) The Midwest.
(c) The Eastern cities.
(d) The Southeast.
4. How many pages in "The King's English" are dedicated to explaining the distinction between "will" and "shall"?
5. Which nationality does Mencken claim is most eager to Americanize the names of their children?
(a) The Germans.
(b) The Irish.
(c) The Italians.
(d) The Jews.
Short Answer Questions
1. Which adjectival prefix does Mencken state is confined to the more sophisticated classes?
2. Whom does Mencken use to exemplify the flouting of linguistic purity in Chapter 6.1?
3. Which still-popular German given name survives today, with a slight change in spelling, as Mencken reports in Chapter 10.2?
4. Which word do the English always place prior to the proper noun whereas Americans place it after, as Mencken reports at the end of Chapter 10.3?
5. Whose "gaping maw" often spoils an "apt and ingenious neologism," according to Mencken in Chapter 11.1?
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