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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What purpose does the double negative primarily serve?
(a) Reinforcement.
(b) Rhetorical circuitry.
(c) Syntactical compactness.
(d) Confusion.

2. According to Chapter 8.4, what is the first impulse behind American imitation of English orthography?
(a) Anti-colonialism.
(b) Affectation.
(c) Compromise for cheaper printing.
(d) Convenience.

3. Which two letters did the American ethnologist McGee insist were his first name and should not be followed by periods?
(a) EL.
(b) TJ.
(c) WJ.
(d) AD.

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

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

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

7. 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) New Orleans.
(b) Baton Rouge.
(c) Lafayette.
(d) Houston.

8. To what does Mencken ascribe the inflection of English adjectives?
(a) Convention.
(b) Frivolity.
(c) Emphasis.
(d) Comparison.

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

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

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

12. 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) 23.
(d) 59.

13. Which of the following is often used in England to designate a thoroughfare?
(a) Boulevard.
(b) Lane.
(c) Drive.
(d) Avenue.

14. 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) 12%.
(d) 25%.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Which double negative word is primarily found in Shakespeare?

4. How is "Des Moines" pronounced in American, according to Mencken?

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

(see the answer keys)

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