A Mencken Chrestomathy Multiple Choice Test Questions

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Chapter 1, Homo Sapiens, Chapter 2, Types of Men

1. How has Mencken organized his book?
(a) By length.
(b) By date.
(c) By subject.
(d) By author.

2. What subject does Mencken begin his volume with?
(a) The horrors of the carnival.
(b) The mysteries of women.
(c) The nature of man.
(d) The automobile.

3. Which is NOT one of Mencken's view of humankind as expressed in Chapter 1?
(a) Man is full of errors.
(b) Man is prone to believe in ridiculous things.
(c) Man is the product of random and meaningless processes.
(d) Man is the center of the universe, and rightly so.

4. What comparison does Mencken make between man and animal in Chapter 1?
(a) The faculties of animal and man precisely balance when taken as a whole.
(b) Many animals have superior faculties to man.
(c) The only thing man cannot do that animal can is fly.
(d) Man in every way has faculties that are superior to animals.

5. What is Man's one unique characteristic, per Chapter 1?
(a) Optimism.
(b) Romantic feeling.
(c) The ability to betray.
(d) Imagination.

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