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Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to the report of Beverley, what did a group of soldiers turn into after eating some Jimson Weed?
(a) Corpses.
(b) Zombies.
(c) Somnambulists.
(d) Fools.

2. What moniker of currency has persisted in America despite having no currency properly of that name?
(a) Penny.
(b) Nickel.
(c) Pence.
(d) Bill.

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

4. What is the physical basis to which the nasal twang of Americans is ascribed?
(a) Colder air.
(b) The moist climate.
(c) Genetic diversity.
(d) The dry climate.

5. 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.

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

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

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

9. What does Mencken list as dominant the English alternative for the word "mail"?
(a) Shipping.
(b) Letters.
(c) Postals.
(d) Post.

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

11. 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.

12. Which of the following is a term used by philologists to indicate the "instinctive search, etymologically unsound, for short roots in long words"?
(a) Deconstructing.
(b) Etymanalyzing.
(c) Formative de-synthesizing.
(d) Back-formation.

13. What word was "coatee" used as a diminutive for?
(a) Beard.
(b) Coat.
(c) Hat.
(d) Shawl.

14. Who protested the adoption of the broad "a" in an 1857 work entitled "The Autocrat at the Breakfast Table"?
(a) Noah Webster.
(b) Frank H. Vizetelly.
(c) Richard Meade Bache.
(d) Oliver Wendell Holmes.

15. According to the tale spread by William Gifford, what language was supposed to be substituted for English during the Revolutionary War?
(a) Spanish.
(b) French.
(c) Latin.
(d) Hebrew.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which of the following was not used as a substitute for the once indecent term, for highly refined ears, "bull"?

3. Which is the first factor that Mencken identifies as an immediate impediment to the growth of the American language in Chapter 3.1?

4. What word does Mencken find Dr. John Dewey using in place of the word "opium?"

5. How is the "portmanteau-word" formed?

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