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

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

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

4. What spelling change is made from English to American in words such as "connection"?
(a) Connexion to connection.
(b) Conection to connection.
(c) Conexion to connection.
(d) Connectin to connection.

5. 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.

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

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

8. How many works does Mencken claim to have discovered covering the topic of American slang?
(a) One.
(b) Hundreds.
(c) Twelve.
(d) Three.

9. 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) Germany.
(c) England.
(d) Russia.

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

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

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

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

14. 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?
(a) New Orleans.
(b) Houston.
(c) Lafayette.
(d) Baton Rouge.

15. Which of the following does names, used for a settlement, Mencken not list as bespattering the land?
(a) Madison.
(b) Washington.
(c) Jefferson.
(d) Lafayette.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what does the American pronoun not necessarily agree with its noun?

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

3. Who is the author of "A Doll's House," who puts bad grammar into Nora Helmar's mouth?

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

5. 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"?

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