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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In what dialect of English is "slick" used synonymously with "sleek" according to Chapter 9.10?
(a) American.
(b) Australian.
(c) English.
(d) South African.

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?
(a) Regulations.
(b) Aberrations.
(c) Innovations.
(d) Corruptions.

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

4. For which voiceless consonant is the voiced "d" substituting with growing regularity, according to Mearns?
(a) S.
(b) T.
(c) B.
(d) C.

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

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

7. In what part of the country did the Irish attain to a "truly impressive political power before the first native-born generation of them had grown up" as Mencken states in Chapter 10.1?
(a) The Southeast.
(b) The Eastern cities.
(c) The Midwest.
(d) The Western cities.

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

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

10. Which organization produced a prospectus in 1913 that warned against extreme English conservatism in the spelling of foreign loan-words?
(a) Society for Pure English.
(b) British Literary Association.
(c) Simplified Spelling Board.
(d) National Education Association.

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

12. According to Mencken, which of the following does "one American professor of English" predict will become a spelling form of the future?
(a) Cigar.
(b) Tyre.
(c) Socks.
(d) Fotograf.

13. To how many in number does the comparative adjective relate?
(a) Three or more.
(b) Four or less.
(c) Five or more.
(d) Two.

14. Mencken reports hearing of a German named "Knoche," who to avoid being called "Nokky," changed his name to what?
(a) Knowles.
(b) Knox.
(c) Nock.
(d) Nixon.

15. Which 1914 English dictionary made many important concessions to American spellings?
(a) The London Pocket Dictionary.
(b) The Cambridge Fleet Edition.
(c) The New English Dictionary.
(d) The Concise Oxford Dictionary.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which reporter first brings colloquial Americanisms to the written word, according to Mencken in Chapter 9.2?

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

3. In what century did England replace the "i-sound" with the "oi-sound" in words such as "boy"?

4. For what word does Mencken say "incidence" is commonly mistaken to be a synonym?

5. Whose "gaping maw" often spoils an "apt and ingenious neologism," according to Mencken in Chapter 11.1?

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