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. How many soldiers' names were presented to the House by Mr. Mondell in 1919?
(a) 182.
(b) 102.
(c) 43.
(d) 27.

2. Who does Mencken state are the true makers of grammar in Chapter 9.1?
(a) The authors of fiction.
(b) The grammarians.
(c) The learned.
(d) The masses.

3. 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) Samuel Johnson.
(c) Noah Webster.
(d) Thomas Jefferson.

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

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

6. According to Dr. Louise Pound, what do Latin plurals tend to become in colloquial American?
(a) Infinitive verbs.
(b) Singular nouns.
(c) Adjectival modifiers.
(d) Adverbs.

7. What sort of distinction frequently occurs between an adverb and its primary adjective?
(a) Syntactical.
(b) Numerical.
(c) Pronunciation.
(d) Lexical.

8. In what century did Americans begin to rebel against the capitalization trends dominant in England?
(a) The twentieth.
(b) The nineteenth.
(c) The eighteenth.
(d) The seventeenth.

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

10. What language does the formalism of English grammarians come from?
(a) German.
(b) Spanish.
(c) Latin.
(d) French.

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

12. Who is apparently the first literary critic to point out the "enormous gap between the literate and unliterate American"?
(a) Francis Hackett.
(b) Rene Wellek.
(c) I.A. Richards.
(d) Allen Tate.

13. What leads most of the studies of the sounds of the American common speech astray, according to Mencken in Chapter 9.10?
(a) English conventionalism.
(b) Laziness.
(c) Individualistic interpretation.
(d) A lack of scope.

14. According to Mencken, the English opposition to American spelling transcends the academic and takes on the character of what?
(a) The religious.
(b) The political.
(c) The ethical.
(d) The patriotic.

15. Who was responsible for the endowment to the Simplified Spelling Board?
(a) Adrian Knox.
(b) Horace Hart.
(c) Noah Webster.
(d) Andrew Carnegie.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which double negative word is primarily found in Shakespeare?

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

3. In which city are the French names of streets reported by Mencken to be beautiful but so barbarously pronounced as to be unrecognizable by a Frenchman?

4. Which Americanized foreign loan-word in the common speech means, in its vulgar loaned form, "to prance or to walk consciously"?

5. From which of the following have the English changed their spelling?

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