The American Language Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Over how many post offices does Mencken state bear the adjective "New"?
(a) 820.
(b) 350.
(c) 600.
(d) 525.

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

4. For which voiceless consonant is the voiced "d" substituting with growing regularity, according to Mearns?
(a) S.
(b) C.
(c) T.
(d) B.

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

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

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

8. Which of the following does Mencken not list as a once-slang word turned into one commonly accepted?
(a) Awful.
(b) Proposition.
(c) Nice.
(d) Frugal.

9. What language did "ambassador," "ancestor," and "bachelor" come into English from?
(a) Latin.
(b) French.
(c) Italian.
(d) Spanish.

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

11. In what location does Mencken say both the American and English orthographies flourish side by side?
(a) Canada.
(b) Hong Kong.
(c) New England.
(d) Australia.

12. In what century did England replace the "i-sound" with the "oi-sound" in words such as "boy"?
(a) The eighteenth.
(b) The sixteenth.
(c) The seventeenth.
(d) The nineteenth.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which still-popular German given name survives today, with a slight change in spelling, as Mencken reports in Chapter 10.2?

2. How does Mencken characterize the vulgar American habitual use of the double negative?

3. 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"?

4. What is the English equivalent of the American Main Street?

5. What principle of spelling was behind much of Webster's theory concerning the simplification of spelling?

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