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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Mencken say that a proper understanding of words and their meanings will enable their speaker to do, in Chapter 11.1?
(a) Create new slang all the time.
(b) Speak without ever using slang.
(c) Mingle slang and proper speech effortlessly.
(d) Alter the course of language.

2. Who published a work in 1768 entitled "Scheme for a New Alphabet and a Reformed Mode of Spelling, with Remarks and Examples Concerning the Same, and an Enquiry into its Uses"?
(a) Noah Webster.
(b) Benjamin Franklin.
(c) Thomas Jefferson.
(d) Samuel Johnson.

3. What is the English equivalent of the American Main Street?
(a) High Street.
(b) Broad Street.
(c) King's Street.
(d) Prime Street.

4. According to Mencken, Italians often take the names of what nationality when they marry?
(a) English.
(b) German.
(c) Irish.
(d) French.

5. In what century did Americans begin to rebel against the capitalization trends dominant in England?
(a) The twentieth.
(b) The nineteenth.
(c) The eighteenth.
(d) The seventeenth.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to Mencken, which of the following does "one American professor of English" predict will become a spelling form of the future?

3. To how many in number does the comparative adjective relate?

4. Which reporter first brings colloquial Americanisms to the written word, according to Mencken in Chapter 9.2?

5. Which two letters did the American ethnologist McGee insist were his first name and should not be followed by periods?

(see the answer keys)

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