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. What is the English equivalent of the American Main Street?
(a) Prime Street.
(b) High Street.
(c) Broad Street.
(d) King's Street.

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

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

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

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

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

7. In what does the American pronoun not necessarily agree with its noun?
(a) Number.
(b) Case.
(c) Subject.
(d) Tense.

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

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

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

11. 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) Cultural encounters.
(c) Phonetic innovations.
(d) Laziness.

12. Which country does Mencken state has a fondness for using surnames as given names?
(a) Mexico.
(b) Canada.
(c) America.
(d) England.

13. Which Americanized foreign loan-word in the common speech means, in its vulgar loaned form, "to prance or to walk consciously"?
(a) Minoot.
(b) Sashay.
(c) Proteege.
(d) Habichoo.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In what region of the United States are Spanish names corrupted, as Dutch names are in New York?

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

4. What is the name of the professor who advocates the assimilation and alteration of the spelling and accentuation of foreign words?

5. Who is apparently the first literary critic to point out the "enormous gap between the literate and unliterate American"?

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