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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In what parts of language does Mencken say the "chief grammatical peculiarities" of spoken English are found?
(a) Nouns and participles.
(b) Adverbs and adjectives.
(c) Nouns and prepositions.
(d) Verbs and pronouns.

2. What does Mencken say, in colloquial American, has obliterated the verb?
(a) Vulgar speech.
(b) Over-regulation.
(c) The auxiliary.
(d) Illiteracy.

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

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

5. Which country does Mencken state has a fondness for using surnames as given names?
(a) Mexico.
(b) America.
(c) England.
(d) Canada.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the common, popular American slang word used for Germans during the First World War, according to Mencken?

2. What is the name of the professor who advocates the assimilation and alteration of the spelling and accentuation of foreign words?

3. To what does Mencken ascribe the inflection of English adjectives?

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

5. Which organization produced a prospectus in 1913 that warned against extreme English conservatism in the spelling of foreign loan-words?

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