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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which impulse behind American imitation of English orthography is more influential?
(a) Compromise for cheaper printing.
(b) Convenience.
(c) Anti-colonialism.
(d) Affectation.

2. Who was the author of the couplet that Mencken quotes: "For thou art a girl as much brighter than her / As he was a poet sublimer than me"?
(a) John Keats.
(b) Percy Bysse Shelley.
(c) Matthew Arnold.
(d) Matthew Prior.

3. What is frequently omitted in phrases indicated desire or intent, as indicated in Chapter 9.9?
(a) Adjectival modifiers.
(b) Verbs of action.
(c) Adverbial modifiers.
(d) The subject noun(s).

4. Which two letters did the American ethnologist McGee insist were his first name and should not be followed by periods?
(a) TJ.
(b) AD.
(c) EL.
(d) WJ.

5. What spelling change is made from English to American in words such as "connection"?
(a) Conexion to connection.
(b) Connexion to connection.
(c) Conection to connection.
(d) Connectin to connection.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following nations does Mencken not list as having more interesting war slang than the Americans during the Great War?

2. From what language is "gob" reputed to be derived in Chapter 11.2?

3. In what location does Mencken say both the American and English orthographies flourish side by side?

4. Which of the following is one of the three great causes of change in language according to Sayce, as reported in Chapter 9.3?

5. In what century did England replace the "i-sound" with the "oi-sound" in words such as "boy"?

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