A Mencken Chrestomathy Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

Summarize Chapter 1 which discusses the nature of man.

a) What is the nature of man to Mencken? What is Man guided by?

b) What is the nature of the relationship between God and Man?

c) What is the nature of the relationship between Man and animal?

d) What part does "delusion" play in man's relationship to the universe?

Essay Topic 2

Choose five of the types of people Mencken discusses in Chapter 2 and discuss:

a) The manner in which Mencken describes them

b) What Mencken believes motivates each type of people

c) What the defining characteristics of each type of people are

Essay Topic 3

Summarize Mencken's views on women. Discuss each of the following topics:

a) Women's level of intelligence

b) Women's level of civility

c) The institution of marriage, and how it affects men and women

d) The role of beauty in man-woman relationships

e) The...

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