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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. What is the principal reason Mencken states that the English language has not greatly diverged since the foundation of the United States of America?
(a) Transatlantic travel.
(b) Solidarity of higher education.
(c) Transatlantic communication.
(d) American neo-classical tastes.

2. How do the English pronounce the first syllable in "lieutenant"?
(a) Loo.
(b) Yeift.
(c) Lee-oo.
(d) Left.

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

4. What does Mencken list as dominant the English alternative for the word "mail"?
(a) Post.
(b) Postals.
(c) Letters.
(d) Shipping.

5. What is the universal substitute for the word "ye" as described in Chapter 6.2?
(a) Thee.
(b) You.
(c) Thou.
(d) The.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In what language did the American derivative "coyote" originate?

3. Where was the broad "a" principally established prior to the Civil War?

4. What moniker of currency has persisted in America despite having no currency properly of that name?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What characterizes the American attitude towards creating new names?

2. In general, how did Noah Webster influence American pronunciation?

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

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

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

6. What were some of the reasons that many immigrants changed their names upon arriving in America?

7. To what does Mencken ascribe the withdrawal of the National Education Association from the simplified spelling campaign?

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

9. Characterize the intentions and effects of the renaming done by the Geographical Board, according to Mencken.

10. What, in Chapter 1.3, is the main conflict of ideas that Mencken puts forth?

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