The American Language Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which nationality does Mencken claim is most eager to Americanize the names of their children?
(a) The Italians.
(b) The Jews.
(c) The Irish.
(d) The Germans.

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

3. What was the original name of Brooklyn?
(a) Breukwohl.
(b) Brookeville.
(c) Breuckelen.
(d) Brook Lynne.

4. What principle of spelling was behind much of Webster's theory concerning the simplification of spelling?
(a) Convention.
(b) Phonetics.
(c) Flexibility.
(d) Vowel accentuation.

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

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

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

8. Mencken states that the "Meyers" are the "Smiths" of what country?
(a) Slovenia.
(b) Lichtenstein.
(c) Austria.
(d) Poland.

9. Into what was the French surname "Beauchamp" translated in America?
(a) Gardner.
(b) Smith.
(c) Taylor.
(d) Fairfield.

10. What language did "ambassador," "ancestor," and "bachelor" come into English from?
(a) Italian.
(b) Spanish.
(c) French.
(d) Latin.

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

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

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

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

15. In what parts of language does Mencken say the "chief grammatical peculiarities" of spoken English are found?
(a) Nouns and prepositions.
(b) Verbs and pronouns.
(c) Nouns and participles.
(d) Adverbs and adjectives.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what dialect of English is "slick" used synonymously with "sleek" according to Chapter 9.10?

2. In what part of the country did the Irish attain to a "truly impressive political power before the first native-born generation of them had grown up" as Mencken states in Chapter 10.1?

3. Who does Mencken state are the true makers of grammar in Chapter 9.1?

4. What is the English equivalent of the American Main Street?

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

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