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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What word in common honorifics did Edwin S. Gould protest against omitting in 1867?
(a) Right.
(b) Most.
(c) The.
(d) Very.

2. Which Founding Father is said to have sought to establish a new American alphabet?
(a) Benjamin Franklin.
(b) Thomas Jefferson.
(c) George Washington.
(d) John Hancock.

3. What does the English "secondary school" correspond to in American?
(a) High school.
(b) Elementary school.
(c) Middle school.
(d) College.

4. How many classifications of Americanisms does Gilbert M. Tucker provide in 1921?
(a) Twenty.
(b) Twelve.
(c) Thirteen.
(d) Two.

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

6. According to Mencken at the beginning of Chapter 1.3, what do the novelists and newspapermen on either side of the Atlantic ocean delight in?
(a) Travel.
(b) Localisms.
(c) Publishing.
(d) Intercommunication.

7. What is the English meaning of the Hawaiian word "lanai"?
(a) Bathroom.
(b) Garage.
(c) Porch.
(d) Balcony.

8. To what country does the English correspondent in Chapter 4.5 ascribe many American expletives?
(a) Ireland.
(b) France.
(c) Germany.
(d) Sweden.

9. 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?
(a) Danish.
(b) Scottish.
(c) Irish.
(d) Italian.

10. What does Mencken state is neglected by those who are professional trained to investigate it?
(a) Philological anomalies.
(b) Formal grammar.
(c) The vulgate.
(d) Idiosyncrasies.

11. Which is the first factor that Mencken identifies as an immediate impediment to the growth of the American language in Chapter 3.1?
(a) Territorial expansiveness.
(b) Regional diversity.
(c) Political disharmony.
(d) Lack of a national literature.

12. According to Mencken, how do the Americans consider the precise English use of the indefinite pronoun ("one")?
(a) Disdainfully.
(b) Respectfully.
(c) Ambiguously.
(d) Apathetically.

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

14. What word did the editor of the Westminster Gazette substitute for the incomprehensible dash in the mangled Americanism of Rupert Brooke?
(a) Boots.
(b) Brains.
(c) Jugs.
(d) Bottom.

15. Whom does Mencken use to exemplify the flouting of linguistic purity in Chapter 6.1?
(a) Politicians.
(b) Famers.
(c) Professors.
(d) Working men.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In terms of politics, an American candidate "runs" for office. What does an English candidate do?

3. What is the principal reason Mencken states that the English language has not greatly diverged since the foundation of the United States of America?

4. What English word does the author of "Men and Manners" lament about the American re-signification?

5. According to the report of Beverley, what did a group of soldiers turn into after eating some Jimson Weed?

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