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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which still-popular German given name survives today, with a slight change in spelling, as Mencken reports in Chapter 10.2?
(a) Karl.
(b) Hans.
(c) Franz.
(d) Wilhelm.

2. Which of the following is the analogate to which Mencken compares the slang words overused by the ignorant?
(a) Coins.
(b) Horses.
(c) Marriages.
(d) Cushions.

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

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

5. What does Mencken say, in colloquial American, has obliterated the verb?
(a) Vulgar speech.
(b) Illiteracy.
(c) The auxiliary.
(d) Over-regulation.

6. What was the Anglo-Saxon form of the modern-day word "my," according to Mencken in Chapter 9.4?
(a) Mine.
(b) Mi.
(c) Mien.
(d) Min.

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

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

9. Which of the following is often used in England to designate a thoroughfare?
(a) Lane.
(b) Drive.
(c) Boulevard.
(d) Avenue.

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

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

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

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

14. In what century did Americans begin to rebel against the capitalization trends dominant in England?
(a) The twentieth.
(b) The seventeenth.
(c) The eighteenth.
(d) The nineteenth.

15. From what newspaper does Mencken derive the story with which he opens Chapter 11.2?
(a) The Baltimore Sun.
(b) The Los Angeles Times.
(c) The Boston Herald.
(d) The New York Tribune.

Short Answer Questions

1. How is "Des Moines" pronounced in American, according to Mencken?

2. According to Mencken, Italians often take the names of what nationality when they marry?

3. According to Chapter 8.4, what is the first impulse behind American imitation of English orthography?

4. 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?

5. Which impulse behind American imitation of English orthography is more influential?

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