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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) EL.
(d) WJ.

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

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

4. How is "Des Moines" pronounced in American, according to Mencken?
(a) "Dess-moyn."
(b) "Dee-moyns."
(c) "Dei-moyns."
(d) "Dai-moins."

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

6. According to the study of E.J. Hills, how many descriptive adjectives are possessed by the average child of two?
(a) 23.
(b) 59.
(c) 72.
(d) 173.

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

8. Which double negative word is primarily found in Shakespeare?
(a) Never.
(b) Nor.
(c) Not.
(d) No.

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

10. What principle of spelling was behind much of Webster's theory concerning the simplification of spelling?
(a) Convention.
(b) Phonetics.
(c) Flexibility.
(d) Vowel accentuation.

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

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

13. From what language is "gob" reputed to be derived in Chapter 11.2?
(a) Persian.
(b) Spanish.
(c) Chinese.
(d) Japanese.

14. 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.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What military slang term refers to the sunburned necks of the Marines?

2. Which country does Mencken state has a fondness for using surnames as given names?

3. Lounsbury is reported as saying that, "The history of language, when looked at from the purely grammatical point of view, is little else than the history of" what?

4. In what sort of languages are double negatives "perfectly allowable"?

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

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