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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which still-popular German given name survives today, with a slight change in spelling, as Mencken reports in Chapter 10.2?
(a) Karl.
(b) Hans.
(c) Franz.
(d) Wilhelm.

2. 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) Lexicography.
(b) Laziness.
(c) Cultural encounters.
(d) Phonetic innovations.

3. What is the longest list of spelling changes from English to American that Mencken gives in Chapter 8.1?
(a) The change of diphthongs into plain words.
(b) The -or/-our distinction.
(c) The omission of a redundant -e.
(d) Miscellaneous differences.

4. Which of the following nations does Mencken not list as having more interesting war slang than the Americans during the Great War?
(a) France.
(b) Russia.
(c) Germany.
(d) England.

5. How many works does Mencken claim to have discovered covering the topic of American slang?
(a) Three.
(b) Twelve.
(c) One.
(d) Hundreds.

6. Who published a work in 1768 entitled "Scheme for a New Alphabet and a Reformed Mode of Spelling, with Remarks and Examples Concerning the Same, and an Enquiry into its Uses"?
(a) Benjamin Franklin.
(b) Noah Webster.
(c) Thomas Jefferson.
(d) Samuel Johnson.

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

8. In what year did Noah Webster die?
(a) 1912.
(b) 1898.
(c) 1799.
(d) 1843.

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

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

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

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

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

14. Whose "gaping maw" often spoils an "apt and ingenious neologism," according to Mencken in Chapter 11.1?
(a) The popular journalists.
(b) The popular novelists.
(c) The proletariat.
(d) The elite.

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What language does the formalism of English grammarians come from?

3. What does Mencken say that a proper understanding of words and their meanings will enable their speaker to do, in Chapter 11.1?

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

5. According to Mencken, the English opposition to American spelling transcends the academic and takes on the character of what?

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