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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) High Street.
(b) Prime Street.
(c) Broad Street.
(d) King's Street.

2. 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) A lack of scope.
(d) Individualistic interpretation.

3. 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) Benjamin Franklin.
(b) Walt Whitman.
(c) Robert Louis Stevenson.
(d) G.K. Chesterton.

4. To what do English writers usually ascribe the American custom of numbering and lettering streets?
(a) A lack of wit.
(b) Easiness.
(c) Poverty of invention.
(d) Ingenuity.

5. According to the "Vocabulary of the A.E.F.," what percentage of the American military vocabulary was at least somewhat indecent?
(a) 25%.
(b) 12%.
(c) 50%.
(d) 8%.

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

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

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

9. 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) Reduce the number of vowel sounds, but not the vowels themselves.
(d) Create new vowels.

10. What military slang term refers to the sunburned necks of the Marines?
(a) Leatherneck.
(b) Roughneck.
(c) Toughneck.
(d) Rawhide.

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

12. Which of the following nations does Mencken not list as having more interesting war slang than the Americans during the Great War?
(a) Russia.
(b) France.
(c) Germany.
(d) England.

13. 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) Samuel Johnson.
(b) Noah Webster.
(c) Thomas Jefferson.
(d) Benjamin Franklin.

14. From which of the following have the English changed their spelling?
(a) Programme.
(b) Gramme.
(c) Kilogramme.
(d) Develope.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following is not one of the minor differences Mencken lists in Chapter 8.7?

2. 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?

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

4. 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"?

5. In what language does Mencken state the double negative was once "quite respectable?"

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