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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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.

3. Which word do the English always place prior to the proper noun whereas Americans place it after, as Mencken reports at the end of Chapter 10.3?
(a) River.
(b) County.
(c) Street.
(d) Lake.

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

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

6. Which of the following is the analogate to which Mencken compares the slang words overused by the ignorant?
(a) Cushions.
(b) Marriages.
(c) Horses.
(d) Coins.

7. Which of the following is not one of the minor differences Mencken lists in Chapter 8.7?
(a) Fruit.
(b) Aluminum.
(c) Specialty.
(d) Alarm.

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

9. 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"?
(a) Percy Bysse Shelley.
(b) Matthew Arnold.
(c) Matthew Prior.
(d) John Keats.

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

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

12. Who does Mencken quote as saying, "There is no part of the world where nomenclature is so rich, poetical, humorous and picturesque as in the United States of America"?
(a) Walt Whitman.
(b) Robert Louis Stevenson.
(c) G.K. Chesterton.
(d) Benjamin Franklin.

13. Whom does Mencken quote as saying, at the beginning of Chapter 10.4, "Such a locality as 'the <i>corner of Avenue H and Twenty-third street,</I> is about as distinctly American as Algonquin and Iroquois names like <i>Mississippi</i> and <i>Saratoga</i>"?
(a) Noah Webster.
(b) W.W. Crane.
(c) George Phillip Krapp.
(d) Charles Astor Bristed.

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

15. 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) Nora Helmar.
(c) Brander Matthews.
(d) Edmund Gosse.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following does names, used for a settlement, Mencken not list as bespattering the land?

2. In what year did the National Education Association withdraw from the campaign for simplified spelling?

3. Which of the following nations does Mencken not list as having more interesting war slang than the Americans during the Great War?

4. To how many in number does the comparative adjective relate?

5. Which two letters did the American ethnologist McGee insist were his first name and should not be followed by periods?

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