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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Mencken reports hearing of a German named "Knoche," who to avoid being called "Nokky," changed his name to what?
(a) Knox.
(b) Knowles.
(c) Nock.
(d) Nixon.

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

3. Which of the following is not one of the minor differences Mencken lists in Chapter 8.7?
(a) Alarm.
(b) Fruit.
(c) Specialty.
(d) Aluminum.

4. Which case of the noun in English yet has an inflection at the time of Mencken's writing?
(a) The accusative.
(b) The genitive.
(c) The ablative.
(d) The dative.

5. According to the study of E.J. Hills, how many descriptive adjectives are possessed by the average child of two?
(a) 59.
(b) 72.
(c) 173.
(d) 23.

Short Answer Questions

1. From what language is "gob" reputed to be derived in Chapter 11.2?

2. 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?

3. Which of the following is the analogate to which Mencken compares the slang words overused by the ignorant?

4. Whose "gaping maw" often spoils an "apt and ingenious neologism," according to Mencken in Chapter 11.1?

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

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