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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) 1843.
(c) 1799.
(d) 1898.

2. What does Mencken say that a proper understanding of words and their meanings will enable their speaker to do, in Chapter 11.1?
(a) Mingle slang and proper speech effortlessly.
(b) Alter the course of language.
(c) Speak without ever using slang.
(d) Create new slang all the time.

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

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

5. 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) George Phillip Krapp.
(b) Charles Astor Bristed.
(c) W.W. Crane.
(d) Noah Webster.

6. What spelling change is made from English to American in words such as "connection"?
(a) Conexion to connection.
(b) Connexion to connection.
(c) Connectin to connection.
(d) Conection to connection.

7. 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) Phonetic innovations.
(c) Lexicography.
(d) Cultural encounters.

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

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

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

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

12. Which word do the English always place prior to the proper noun whereas Americans place it after, as Mencken reports at the end of Chapter 10.3?
(a) Lake.
(b) Street.
(c) River.
(d) County.

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

14. Which of the following does Wilcox not list as a negative treatment of the English language by grammarians?
(a) Excessive revision.
(b) Excessive inflection.
(c) Multiplication of terms for a single conception.
(d) Excessive classification.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who was responsible for the endowment to the Simplified Spelling Board?

3. What leads most of the studies of the sounds of the American common speech astray, according to Mencken in Chapter 9.10?

4. What language did "ambassador," "ancestor," and "bachelor" come into English from?

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

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