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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In what language does Mencken state the double negative was once "quite respectable?"
(a) Anglo-Saxon.
(b) French.
(c) Russian.
(d) Spanish.

2. Which of the following is one of the three great causes of change in language according to Sayce, as reported in Chapter 9.3?
(a) Lexicography.
(b) Cultural encounters.
(c) Phonetic innovations.
(d) Laziness.

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

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

5. Whose "gaping maw" often spoils an "apt and ingenious neologism," according to Mencken in Chapter 11.1?
(a) The elite.
(b) The popular journalists.
(c) The proletariat.
(d) The popular novelists.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what region of the United States are Spanish names corrupted, as Dutch names are in New York?

2. Which organization produced a prospectus in 1913 that warned against extreme English conservatism in the spelling of foreign loan-words?

3. According to Dr. Louise Pound, what do Latin plurals tend to become in colloquial American?

4. What principle of spelling was behind much of Webster's theory concerning the simplification of spelling?

5. Which adjectival prefix does Mencken state is confined to the more sophisticated classes?

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