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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to the study of E.J. Hills, how many descriptive adjectives are possessed by the average child of two?
(a) 59.
(b) 72.
(c) 23.
(d) 173.

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

3. What leads most of the studies of the sounds of the American common speech astray, according to Mencken in Chapter 9.10?
(a) Laziness.
(b) English conventionalism.
(c) Individualistic interpretation.
(d) A lack of scope.

4. Which adjectival prefix does Mencken state is confined to the more sophisticated classes?
(a) Ante-.
(b) Pen-.
(c) Super-.
(d) Ultra-.

5. According to Mencken, the word "none" is a degenerate composition of what two words?
(a) Not one.
(b) No tone.
(c) No one.
(d) Not on.

6. What was the common, popular American slang word used for Germans during the First World War, according to Mencken?
(a) Kraut.
(b) Jerry.
(c) Boche.
(d) Hun.

7. Which impulse behind American imitation of English orthography is more influential?
(a) Compromise for cheaper printing.
(b) Affectation.
(c) Convenience.
(d) Anti-colonialism.

8. What purpose does the double negative primarily serve?
(a) Confusion.
(b) Rhetorical circuitry.
(c) Reinforcement.
(d) Syntactical compactness.

9. What military slang term refers to the sunburned necks of the Marines?
(a) Rawhide.
(b) Roughneck.
(c) Leatherneck.
(d) Toughneck.

10. In what dialect of English is "slick" used synonymously with "sleek" according to Chapter 9.10?
(a) American.
(b) Australian.
(c) English.
(d) South African.

11. In what year did Noah Webster die?
(a) 1799.
(b) 1843.
(c) 1912.
(d) 1898.

12. What religious affiliation, commonly held in both countries, has had a larger influence on names in America than in England?
(a) Presbyterianism.
(b) Puritanism.
(c) Anglicanism.
(d) Catholicism.

13. Which of the following does names, used for a settlement, Mencken not list as bespattering the land?
(a) Jefferson.
(b) Lafayette.
(c) Madison.
(d) Washington.

14. From which of the following have the English changed their spelling?
(a) Kilogramme.
(b) Develope.
(c) Programme.
(d) Gramme.

15. Which organization produced a prospectus in 1913 that warned against extreme English conservatism in the spelling of foreign loan-words?
(a) Simplified Spelling Board.
(b) British Literary Association.
(c) National Education Association.
(d) Society for Pure English.

Short Answer Questions

1. As what part of speech does vulgar American consider the word "self" within the spirit of the language?

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

3. Which still-popular German given name survives today, with a slight change in spelling, as Mencken reports in Chapter 10.2?

4. Mencken reports hearing of a German named "Knoche," who to avoid being called "Nokky," changed his name to what?

5. What is the name of the professor who advocates the assimilation and alteration of the spelling and accentuation of foreign words?

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