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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to the "Vocabulary of the A.E.F.," what percentage of the American military vocabulary was at least somewhat indecent?
(a) 50%.
(b) 8%.
(c) 12%.
(d) 25%.

2. In what region of the United States are Spanish names corrupted, as Dutch names are in New York?
(a) Southwest.
(b) Southeast.
(c) Midwest.
(d) Northwest.

3. Lounsbury is reported as saying that, "The history of language, when looked at from the purely grammatical point of view, is little else than the history of" what?
(a) Corruptions.
(b) Regulations.
(c) Aberrations.
(d) Innovations.

4. Who does Mencken state are the true makers of grammar in Chapter 9.1?
(a) The masses.
(b) The grammarians.
(c) The learned.
(d) The authors of fiction.

5. Which phrase did Oliver Wendell Holmes use to describe the state of the person who makes use of slang?
(a) Creative genius.
(b) Intellectual alacrity.
(c) Mental atrophy.
(d) Bumbling idiocy.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following does names, used for a settlement, Mencken not list as bespattering the land?

2. What name is the Italian "Giuseppe" transformed into?

3. In what year did the National Education Association withdraw from the campaign for simplified spelling?

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

5. How many soldiers' names were presented to the House by Mr. Mondell in 1919?

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