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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What is the longest list of spelling changes from English to American that Mencken gives in Chapter 8.1?
(a) The change of diphthongs into plain words.
(b) The omission of a redundant -e.
(c) The -or/-our distinction.
(d) Miscellaneous differences.

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

4. Which double negative word is primarily found in Shakespeare?
(a) Nor.
(b) Never.
(c) Not.
(d) No.

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

6. 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) Lafayette.
(b) New Orleans.
(c) Houston.
(d) Baton Rouge.

7. How many soldiers' names were presented to the House by Mr. Mondell in 1919?
(a) 182.
(b) 27.
(c) 102.
(d) 43.

8. 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) Dispose of many vowels.
(c) Clarify the pronunciation of vowels.
(d) Create new vowels.

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

10. In what location does Mencken say both the American and English orthographies flourish side by side?
(a) Australia.
(b) Canada.
(c) New England.
(d) Hong Kong.

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

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

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

14. What is the name of the professor who advocates the assimilation and alteration of the spelling and accentuation of foreign words?
(a) Nora Helmar.
(b) Louise Pound.
(c) Brander Matthews.
(d) Edmund Gosse.

15. What does Mencken say that a proper understanding of words and their meanings will enable their speaker to do, in Chapter 11.1?
(a) Speak without ever using slang.
(b) Mingle slang and proper speech effortlessly.
(c) Create new slang all the time.
(d) Alter the course of language.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What was the Anglo-Saxon form of the modern-day word "my," according to Mencken in Chapter 9.4?

3. What sort of distinction frequently occurs between an adverb and its primary adjective?

4. 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"?

5. According to Mencken, the word "none" is a degenerate composition of what two words?

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