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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What military slang term refers to the sunburned necks of the Marines?
(a) Leatherneck.
(b) Roughneck.
(c) Toughneck.
(d) Rawhide.

2. What language does the formalism of English grammarians come from?
(a) French.
(b) Latin.
(c) German.
(d) Spanish.

3. Who is apparently the first literary critic to point out the "enormous gap between the literate and unliterate American"?
(a) Francis Hackett.
(b) Rene Wellek.
(c) I.A. Richards.
(d) Allen Tate.

4. In what part of the country did the Irish attain to a "truly impressive political power before the first native-born generation of them had grown up" as Mencken states in Chapter 10.1?
(a) The Eastern cities.
(b) The Southeast.
(c) The Midwest.
(d) The Western cities.

5. 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) Aberrations.
(c) Innovations.
(d) Regulations.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which phrase did Oliver Wendell Holmes use to describe the state of the person who makes use of slang?

3. 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"?

4. How is "Des Moines" pronounced in American, according to Mencken?

5. As what part of speech does vulgar American consider the word "self" within the spirit of the language?

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