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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 9, Democracy, Chapter 10, Americans.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the fundamental flaw of the democratic style of government?
(a) Over time, democracy resembles monarchy.
(b) The people are not competent to govern themselves.
(c) There are simply too many intelligent people to decide between.
(d) Voting systems can never be 100% accurate.

2. What does Mencken believe about the universality of morality?
(a) Morality is specific to a particular individual.
(b) Morality depends upon the language one speaks.
(c) Morality is universal, and differences between moral systems are small.
(d) Morality is specific to regions of the world.

3. Punishment for crime is too often what, according to Mencken?
(a) The product of poor people exerting influence over the rich.
(b) Cruel and unusual.
(c) Hypocritical and dishonest.
(d) Effective, which results in the murder of the human spirit.

4. What was the goal of early democratists?
(a) The overthrow of the wealthy.
(b) Definitions of concepts like truth and beauty.
(c) Philosophical frameworks to support democracy.
(d) Concrete material gains.

5. What kind of men does a democracy produce?
(a) Noble, confident men who do not envy others.
(b) Depressing men full of nostalgia.
(c) Stupid men who can barely master the multiplication tables.
(d) Energetic men with too much time on their hands.

Short Answer Questions

1. What kind of promises do politicians make?

2. What is the relationship between free will and morality?

3. What subject does Mencken begin his volume with?

4. What does Mencken NOT believe about the possibility for morality to change over time?

5. What is Mencken's opinion of romantic love?

(see the answer key)

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