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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) George Phillip Krapp.
(b) W.W. Crane.
(c) Charles Astor Bristed.
(d) Noah Webster.

2. From what language is "gob" reputed to be derived in Chapter 11.2?
(a) Chinese.
(b) Spanish.
(c) Japanese.
(d) Persian.

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

4. Which of the following does names, used for a settlement, Mencken not list as bespattering the land?
(a) Jefferson.
(b) Lafayette.
(c) Madison.
(d) Washington.

5. Who is the author of "A Doll's House," who puts bad grammar into Nora Helmar's mouth?
(a) Mencken.
(b) Shaw.
(c) Ibsen.
(d) Chesterton.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what language does Mencken state the double negative was once "quite respectable?"

2. Which of the following is not one of the minor differences Mencken lists in Chapter 8.7?

3. What was the Anglo-Saxon form of the modern-day word "my," according to Mencken in Chapter 9.4?

4. Which impulse behind American imitation of English orthography is more influential?

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

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