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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. In what century did England replace the "i-sound" with the "oi-sound" in words such as "boy"?
(a) The nineteenth.
(b) The eighteenth.
(c) The sixteenth.
(d) The seventeenth.

3. Which adjectival prefix does Mencken state is confined to the more sophisticated classes?
(a) Ultra-.
(b) Ante-.
(c) Pen-.
(d) Super-.

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

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

6. What is the English equivalent of the American Main Street?
(a) Prime Street.
(b) High Street.
(c) King's Street.
(d) Broad Street.

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 Western cities.
(d) The Midwest.

8. What is frequently omitted in phrases indicated desire or intent, as indicated in Chapter 9.9?
(a) The subject noun(s).
(b) Adverbial modifiers.
(c) Verbs of action.
(d) Adjectival modifiers.

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

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

11. As what part of speech does vulgar American consider the word "self" within the spirit of the language?
(a) A verb.
(b) An adverb.
(c) A noun.
(d) An adjective.

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

13. Over how many post offices does Mencken state bear the adjective "New"?
(a) 820.
(b) 525.
(c) 350.
(d) 600.

14. In what parts of language does Mencken say the "chief grammatical peculiarities" of spoken English are found?
(a) Adverbs and adjectives.
(b) Nouns and participles.
(c) Verbs and pronouns.
(d) Nouns and prepositions.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. To what do English writers usually ascribe the American custom of numbering and lettering streets?

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

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

4. Which nationality does Mencken claim is most eager to Americanize the names of their children?

5. Which of the following does Mencken not list as a once-slang word turned into one commonly accepted?

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