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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which country does Mencken state has a fondness for using surnames as given names?
(a) Canada.
(b) America.
(c) England.
(d) Mexico.

2. In which city are the French names of streets reported by Mencken to be beautiful but so barbarously pronounced as to be unrecognizable by a Frenchman?
(a) Baton Rouge.
(b) Houston.
(c) Lafayette.
(d) New Orleans.

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

4. According to Mencken, the English opposition to American spelling transcends the academic and takes on the character of what?
(a) The religious.
(b) The political.
(c) The ethical.
(d) The patriotic.

5. 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) Alter the course of language.
(c) Speak without ever using slang.
(d) Mingle slang and proper speech effortlessly.

Short Answer Questions

1. What language did "ambassador," "ancestor," and "bachelor" come into English from?

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

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

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

5. Which of the following is often used in England to designate a thoroughfare?

(see the answer keys)

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