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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Whom does Mencken quote as saying, at the beginning of Chapter 10.4, "Such a locality as 'the <i>corner of Avenue H and Twenty-third street,</I> is about as distinctly American as Algonquin and Iroquois names like <i>Mississippi</i> and <i>Saratoga</i>"?
(a) Noah Webster.
(b) George Phillip Krapp.
(c) Charles Astor Bristed.
(d) W.W. Crane.

2. As what part of speech does vulgar American consider the word "self" within the spirit of the language?
(a) A noun.
(b) A verb.
(c) An adverb.
(d) An adjective.

3. Which adjectival prefix does Mencken state is confined to the more sophisticated classes?
(a) Super-.
(b) Ultra-.
(c) Pen-.
(d) Ante-.

4. Who does Mencken quote as saying, "There is no part of the world where nomenclature is so rich, poetical, humorous and picturesque as in the United States of America"?
(a) Benjamin Franklin.
(b) G.K. Chesterton.
(c) Robert Louis Stevenson.
(d) Walt Whitman.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the movement towards the general vowel neutralization promise to do in the future, according to Mencken?

2. What sort of distinction frequently occurs between an adverb and its primary adjective?

3. Over how many post offices does Mencken state bear the adjective "New"?

4. According to Mencken, the word "none" is a degenerate composition of what two words?

5. Which Americanized foreign loan-word in the common speech means, in its vulgar loaned form, "to prance or to walk consciously"?

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