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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. From what newspaper does Mencken derive the story with which he opens Chapter 11.2?
(a) The Los Angeles Times.
(b) The New York Tribune.
(c) The Boston Herald.
(d) The Baltimore Sun.

4. How many works does Mencken claim to have discovered covering the topic of American slang?
(a) Hundreds.
(b) Twelve.
(c) One.
(d) Three.

5. Which country does Mencken state has a fondness for using surnames as given names?
(a) America.
(b) Canada.
(c) Mexico.
(d) England.

6. According to Mencken, Italians often take the names of what nationality when they marry?
(a) French.
(b) English.
(c) German.
(d) Irish.

7. Whose "gaping maw" often spoils an "apt and ingenious neologism," according to Mencken in Chapter 11.1?
(a) The popular novelists.
(b) The elite.
(c) The proletariat.
(d) The popular journalists.

8. In what century did England replace the "i-sound" with the "oi-sound" in words such as "boy"?
(a) The seventeenth.
(b) The nineteenth.
(c) The sixteenth.
(d) The eighteenth.

9. Who is the author of "A Doll's House," who puts bad grammar into Nora Helmar's mouth?
(a) Ibsen.
(b) Mencken.
(c) Chesterton.
(d) Shaw.

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

11. To what do English writers usually ascribe the American custom of numbering and lettering streets?
(a) Ingenuity.
(b) A lack of wit.
(c) Poverty of invention.
(d) Easiness.

12. From what language is "gob" reputed to be derived in Chapter 11.2?
(a) Spanish.
(b) Persian.
(c) Japanese.
(d) Chinese.

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

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

15. Which of the following is one of the three great causes of change in language according to Sayce, as reported in Chapter 9.3?
(a) Laziness.
(b) Cultural encounters.
(c) Phonetic innovations.
(d) Lexicography.

Short Answer Questions

1. What religious affiliation, commonly held in both countries, has had a larger influence on names in America than in England?

2. According to the "Vocabulary of the A.E.F.," what percentage of the American military vocabulary was at least somewhat indecent?

3. In what sort of languages are double negatives "perfectly allowable"?

4. Who is apparently the first literary critic to point out the "enormous gap between the literate and unliterate American"?

5. Which of the following is often used in England to designate a thoroughfare?

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