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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which Americanized foreign loan-word in the common speech means, in its vulgar loaned form, "to prance or to walk consciously"?
(a) Minoot.
(b) Habichoo.
(c) Proteege.
(d) Sashay.

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

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) Robert Louis Stevenson.
(c) Walt Whitman.
(d) G.K. Chesterton.

4. How does Mencken characterize the vulgar American habitual use of the double negative?
(a) With "happy fecundity."
(b) With "sturdy fidelity."
(c) With "unconscious loathing."
(d) With "periodic intensity."

5. According to the study of E.J. Hills, how many descriptive adjectives are possessed by the average child of two?
(a) 72.
(b) 173.
(c) 59.
(d) 23.

6. 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) England.
(c) France.
(d) Germany.

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

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

9. To what does Mencken ascribe the inflection of English adjectives?
(a) Frivolity.
(b) Convention.
(c) Comparison.
(d) Emphasis.

10. In what language does Mencken state the double negative was once "quite respectable?"
(a) French.
(b) Anglo-Saxon.
(c) Spanish.
(d) Russian.

11. What was the common, popular American slang word used for Germans during the First World War, according to Mencken?
(a) Hun.
(b) Boche.
(c) Jerry.
(d) Kraut.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Mencken, the English opposition to American spelling transcends the academic and takes on the character of what?

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

3. In what parts of language does Mencken say the "chief grammatical peculiarities" of spoken English are found?

4. In what century did Americans begin to rebel against the capitalization trends dominant in England?

5. What is the longest list of spelling changes from English to American that Mencken gives in Chapter 8.1?

(see the answer keys)

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