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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Into what was the French surname "Beauchamp" translated in America?
(a) Smith.
(b) Fairfield.
(c) Gardner.
(d) Taylor.

2. Which Americanized foreign loan-word in the common speech means, in its vulgar loaned form, "to prance or to walk consciously"?
(a) Habichoo.
(b) Minoot.
(c) Sashay.
(d) Proteege.

3. Which double negative word is primarily found in Shakespeare?
(a) Never.
(b) Not.
(c) Nor.
(d) No.

4. In what parts of language does Mencken say the "chief grammatical peculiarities" of spoken English are found?
(a) Nouns and prepositions.
(b) Adverbs and adjectives.
(c) Nouns and participles.
(d) Verbs and pronouns.

5. What language did "ambassador," "ancestor," and "bachelor" come into English from?
(a) French.
(b) Italian.
(c) Spanish.
(d) Latin.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Whose "gaping maw" often spoils an "apt and ingenious neologism," according to Mencken in Chapter 11.1?

3. How many soldiers' names were presented to the House by Mr. Mondell in 1919?

4. What does Mencken say, in colloquial American, has obliterated the verb?

5. From which of the following have the English changed their spelling?

(see the answer keys)

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