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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which London newspaper lamented the "menace" that American movies offer to the purity of the English language?
(a) The <i>Daily Herald</i>.
(b) The <i>Times</i>.
(c) The <i>Daily News</i>.
(d) The <i>Illustrated London News</i>.

2. What ethnicity of people, through the influence of the mercantile class, is referred to by a different name in the United States than in England?
(a) Latino/Hispanic.
(b) Black/African American.
(c) White/Caucasian.
(d) Jew/Hebrew.

3. How many classifications of Americanisms does Gilbert M. Tucker provide in 1921?
(a) Twenty.
(b) Thirteen.
(c) Two.
(d) Twelve.

4. Which is the second factor that Mencken identifies as an impediment to the growth of the American language in Chapter 3.1?
(a) Territorial expansiveness.
(b) Political disharmony.
(c) Lack of a national literature.
(d) Regional diversity.

5. What word in American is used for the English word "shoe?"
(a) Sandal.
(b) Slipper.
(c) Footing.
(d) Boot.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the American substitute for the English word "tin"?

2. What sound did Webster object to inserting in words such as "gradual" and "nature," before the "u"?

3. What country's works dominated the reading habits of the American colonists in the latter 18th century?

4. What term did John Witherspoon coin, framing it within the context of vulgarity?

5. What does Mencken state is neglected by those who are professional trained to investigate it?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Mencken's evident attitude towards the vulgar American pronunciation of foreign loan-words?

2. Aside from numbering and lettering, what is the principal way in which American and English styles of naming streets are divergent?

3. What was the predominant attitude of philologists towards the study of American slang, at the time of Mencken's writing?

4. What was Walt Whitman's role in the development of the national literature of the United States?

5. What typically causes the difficulties of the American when hearing the Englishman or vice versa, as explained in Chapter 7.1?

6. In what way did the early political disunity of the United States hamper the growth of a national language, according to Mencken in Chapter 3.1?

7. What characterizes the divergences of language usage that are cataloged in Chapter 4.2?

8. With what sort of distinctions is Chapter 7.2 principally concerned?

9. Upon what does Mencken claim the art of American prose is based, in Chapter 9.2?

10. Who does Grandgent say are under the influence of the British in terms of their pronunciation?

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