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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Which phrase did Oliver Wendell Holmes use to describe the state of the person who makes use of slang?
(a) Mental atrophy.
(b) Bumbling idiocy.
(c) Creative genius.
(d) Intellectual alacrity.

3. To how many in number does the comparative adjective relate?
(a) Four or less.
(b) Three or more.
(c) Two.
(d) Five or more.

4. Which double negative word is primarily found in Shakespeare?
(a) Nor.
(b) No.
(c) Not.
(d) Never.

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

6. For what word does Mencken say "incidence" is commonly mistaken to be a synonym?
(a) Similarity.
(b) Happening.
(c) Story.
(d) Number.

7. Whom does Mencken quote as saying, at the beginning of Chapter 10.4, "Such a locality as 'the <i>corner of Avenue H and Twenty-third street,</I> is about as distinctly American as Algonquin and Iroquois names like <i>Mississippi</i> and <i>Saratoga</i>"?
(a) Noah Webster.
(b) George Phillip Krapp.
(c) Charles Astor Bristed.
(d) W.W. Crane.

8. According to the "Vocabulary of the A.E.F.," what percentage of the American military vocabulary was at least somewhat indecent?
(a) 8%.
(b) 50%.
(c) 25%.
(d) 12%.

9. Which of the following nations does Mencken not list as having more interesting war slang than the Americans during the Great War?
(a) Germany.
(b) France.
(c) England.
(d) Russia.

10. What name is the Italian "Giuseppe" transformed into?
(a) Joseph.
(b) Gregory.
(c) George.
(d) Jonathon.

11. Which still-popular German given name survives today, with a slight change in spelling, as Mencken reports in Chapter 10.2?
(a) Franz.
(b) Wilhelm.
(c) Hans.
(d) Karl.

12. For which voiceless consonant is the voiced "d" substituting with growing regularity, according to Mearns?
(a) B.
(b) S.
(c) C.
(d) T.

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

14. According to Dr. Louise Pound, what do Latin plurals tend to become in colloquial American?
(a) Adverbs.
(b) Adjectival modifiers.
(c) Infinitive verbs.
(d) Singular nouns.

15. Which Americanized foreign loan-word in the common speech means, in its vulgar loaned form, "to prance or to walk consciously"?
(a) Habichoo.
(b) Minoot.
(c) Proteege.
(d) Sashay.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what region of the United States are Spanish names corrupted, as Dutch names are in New York?

2. Who published a work in 1768 entitled "Scheme for a New Alphabet and a Reformed Mode of Spelling, with Remarks and Examples Concerning the Same, and an Enquiry into its Uses"?

3. What principle of spelling was behind much of Webster's theory concerning the simplification of spelling?

4. What was the Anglo-Saxon form of the modern-day word "my," according to Mencken in Chapter 9.4?

5. What purpose does the double negative primarily serve?

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