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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How many pages in "The King's English" are dedicated to explaining the distinction between "will" and "shall"?
(a) 30.
(b) 0.
(c) 20.
(d) 15.

2. How do the English pronounce the first syllable in "lieutenant"?
(a) Left.
(b) Loo.
(c) Yeift.
(d) Lee-oo.

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

4. According to Mencken, how do the English pronounce "been?"
(a) Bein.
(b) Bain.
(c) Bean.
(d) Bin.

5. Which word do Americans use for "angry" that was once an English provincialism considered base?
(a) Furious.
(b) Pissed.
(c) Irritated.
(d) Mad.

6. What American writer does Mencken claim likely inspired envy in British writers?
(a) Fowler.
(b) Irving.
(c) Griswold.
(d) Poe.

7. What difference in pronunciation does Mencken state most sharply distinguishes the two dialects?
(a) The normative "o."
(b) The normative "-ary" suffix.
(c) The normative "a."
(d) The normative "ch."

8. What is the principal reason Mencken states that the English language has not greatly diverged since the foundation of the United States of America?
(a) American neo-classical tastes.
(b) Solidarity of higher education.
(c) Transatlantic travel.
(d) Transatlantic communication.

9. Which of the early presidents does Mencken identify as archetypal of the new American?
(a) George Washington.
(b) James Monroe.
(c) Thomas Jefferson.
(d) Andrew Jackson.

10. What purpose does Miss Wittmann say is served by the shortening of word forms?
(a) Creativity.
(b) Convenience.
(c) None.
(d) Color.

11. What is the second characteristic that Mencken attributes to American English in Chapter 1.5?
(a) Disunity of regional dialects.
(b) Translatability to British English.
(c) Resistance to neologisms.
(d) Disregard of rule and precedent.

12. 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.

13. Which term do English dictionaries all describe as an Americanism from the comparative list in Chapter 4.1, despite the English version being frequently used in America?
(a) Hog-pen.
(b) Freight.
(c) Railroad.
(d) Rooster.

14. Where was the broad "a" principally established prior to the Civil War?
(a) New England.
(b) The Southeast.
(c) California.
(d) The Midwest.

15. According to Mencken, democratic government is essentially government by whom?
(a) Amateurs.
(b) The working class.
(c) Politicians.
(d) Businessmen.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following groups of foreign immigrants does Mencken not attribute influence over American English in Chapter 6.4?

2. In what language did the American derivative "coyote" originate?

3. Mencken describes the American language as having a "democratic enmity" to all what, in the beginning of Chapter 6.1?

4. Which of the following did the African slaves NOT introduce to American English?

5. According to Benjamin Franklin, what was roughly the population of the colonies in 1751?

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