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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 Eastern cities.
(b) The Southeast.
(c) The Midwest.
(d) The Western cities.

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

3. What does the movement towards the general vowel neutralization promise to do in the future, according to Mencken?
(a) Dispose of many vowels.
(b) Create new vowels.
(c) Clarify the pronunciation of vowels.
(d) Reduce the number of vowel sounds, but not the vowels themselves.

4. What leads most of the studies of the sounds of the American common speech astray, according to Mencken in Chapter 9.10?
(a) Laziness.
(b) A lack of scope.
(c) English conventionalism.
(d) Individualistic interpretation.

5. Which 1914 English dictionary made many important concessions to American spellings?
(a) The London Pocket Dictionary.
(b) The Cambridge Fleet Edition.
(c) The Concise Oxford Dictionary.
(d) The New English Dictionary.

6. Who was responsible for the endowment to the Simplified Spelling Board?
(a) Andrew Carnegie.
(b) Horace Hart.
(c) Noah Webster.
(d) Adrian Knox.

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

8. Which reporter first brings colloquial Americanisms to the written word, according to Mencken in Chapter 9.2?
(a) Josh Billings.
(b) George Ade.
(c) J.C. Neal.
(d) Ring W. Lardner.

9. What sort of distinction frequently occurs between an adverb and its primary adjective?
(a) Lexical.
(b) Pronunciation.
(c) Numerical.
(d) Syntactical.

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

11. Which adjectival prefix does Mencken state is confined to the more sophisticated classes?
(a) Super-.
(b) Ante-.
(c) Ultra-.
(d) Pen-.

12. In what language does Mencken state the double negative was once "quite respectable?"
(a) Russian.
(b) French.
(c) Anglo-Saxon.
(d) Spanish.

13. In what year did the National Education Association withdraw from the campaign for simplified spelling?
(a) 1921.
(b) 1899.
(c) 1907.
(d) 1914.

14. In what sort of languages are double negatives "perfectly allowable"?
(a) Romance.
(b) Asiatic.
(c) Semitic.
(d) Teutonic.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Over how many post offices does Mencken state bear the adjective "New"?

2. For what word does Mencken say "incidence" is commonly mistaken to be a synonym?

3. As what part of speech does vulgar American consider the word "self" within the spirit of the language?

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

5. In what does the American pronoun not necessarily agree with its noun?

(see the answer keys)

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