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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. Who "tries" a legal case in England?
(a) The jury.
(b) The barrister.
(c) The solicitor.
(d) The judge.

2. What country's works dominated the reading habits of the American colonists in the latter 18th century?
(a) Denmark.
(b) France.
(c) Germany.
(d) England.

3. Whom does Mencken use to exemplify the flouting of linguistic purity in Chapter 6.1?
(a) Famers.
(b) Professors.
(c) Working men.
(d) Politicians.

4. From what language does the English word "moose" come?
(a) Italian.
(b) Algonquin.
(c) English.
(d) Cherokee.

5. Which of the following groups of foreign immigrants does Mencken not attribute influence over American English in Chapter 6.4?
(a) Slavic peoples.
(b) South-Pacific Asian Islanders.
(c) Russian Jews.
(d) Italians.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which European language has exerted the most influence on the American language?

2. Mencken claims that Noah Webster contains less of the scientific inquirer and more of what?

3. How many classifications of Americanisms does Bartlett postulate in his 1859 dictionary?

4. According to Mencken, how do the Americans consider the precise English use of the indefinite pronoun ("one")?

5. Which letter of the alphabet do Americans differ in pronunciation from other English-speaking countries?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the difference between "rock" in English and in American, as explained in Chapter 2.4?

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

3. What typifies the difference in the use of honorifics between Americans and the English?

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

5. How does Mencken characterize Shakespeare and what is the Bard's relevance on American English?

6. What general problem of language does Mencken describe in Chapter 1.1?

7. Under what situation does language undergo great changes and renew its vitality, according to Mencken in Chapter 9.1?

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

9. How does the severity and conventional loyalty of grammarians influence those they attempt to educate?

10. What principally causes the difficulty of the English people understanding the American speech as explained in Chapter 1.3?

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