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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. In which city are the French names of streets reported by Mencken to be beautiful but so barbarously pronounced as to be unrecognizable by a Frenchman?
(a) Baton Rouge.
(b) Lafayette.
(c) Houston.
(d) New Orleans.

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

5. Who was the author of the couplet that Mencken quotes: "For thou art a girl as much brighter than her / As he was a poet sublimer than me"?
(a) Matthew Prior.
(b) John Keats.
(c) Percy Bysse Shelley.
(d) Matthew Arnold.

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

7. What was the Anglo-Saxon form of the modern-day word "my," according to Mencken in Chapter 9.4?
(a) Mine.
(b) Min.
(c) Mi.
(d) Mien.

8. Mencken reports hearing of a German named "Knoche," who to avoid being called "Nokky," changed his name to what?
(a) Knowles.
(b) Nixon.
(c) Nock.
(d) Knox.

9. 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?
(a) The Southeast.
(b) The Western cities.
(c) The Midwest.
(d) The Eastern cities.

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

11. What is the English equivalent of the American Main Street?
(a) King's Street.
(b) High Street.
(c) Broad Street.
(d) Prime Street.

12. Which case of the noun in English yet has an inflection at the time of Mencken's writing?
(a) The dative.
(b) The accusative.
(c) The genitive.
(d) The ablative.

13. Which of the following is the analogate to which Mencken compares the slang words overused by the ignorant?
(a) Marriages.
(b) Cushions.
(c) Horses.
(d) Coins.

14. What is the name of the professor who advocates the assimilation and alteration of the spelling and accentuation of foreign words?
(a) Brander Matthews.
(b) Louise Pound.
(c) Edmund Gosse.
(d) Nora Helmar.

15. In what region of the United States are Spanish names corrupted, as Dutch names are in New York?
(a) Northwest.
(b) Midwest.
(c) Southwest.
(d) Southeast.

Short Answer Questions

1. From what newspaper does Mencken derive the story with which he opens Chapter 11.2?

2. Lounsbury is reported as saying that, "The history of language, when looked at from the purely grammatical point of view, is little else than the history of" what?

3. From what language is "gob" reputed to be derived in Chapter 11.2?

4. What was the original name of Brooklyn?

5. In what location does Mencken say both the American and English orthographies flourish side by side?

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