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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 25, Literature, Chapter 26, Literati.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was Roosevelt's team of political advisers popularly called?
(a) The Washington Eggheads.
(b) The Brain Trust.
(c) The Brooklyn Thirteen.
(d) Roosevelt's Riveters.

2. What is the problem with trying to punishment a government for not working well?
(a) Punishing the government will lead to revenge tactics.
(b) The government itself is in control of the means of punishment.
(c) There are too many bureaucracies and it is impossible to determine who to punish.
(d) Voting is usually rigged.

3. What is the "altruist" motivated by?
(a) Out and out greed.
(b) Being uncomfortable with unhappy people around him or her.
(c) A divine inspiration.
(d) A selfish sense of self-worth.

4. How does Mencken feel about the overall capacity for virtue in the human race?
(a) Everyone is virtuous, it's just a matter of uncovering it.
(b) Virtue is a nonsense term, because everything is relative.
(c) Most people are virtuous, but a few people spoil it for everyone.
(d) Very few men are virtuous.

5. What is the relationship between Anglo-Saxons and civilization?
(a) Anglo-Saxons are the least civilized of all white people.
(b) Anglo-Saxons choose to live outside civilization because they are morally superior.
(c) Anglo-Saxons are the most civilized of all white people.
(d) Anglo-Saxons created civilization, and are its last bastion of hope.

Short Answer Questions

1. Before democracy came to be, what did people believe this system of government to be?

2. In Chapter 15, Mencken expresses surprise that no one has violated the tomb of which man?

3. Mencken begins Chapter 25 with a philosophical discussion of what phenomenon?

4. What word might Mencken use to characterize Mary Baker G. Eddy?

5. Mencken compares Theodore Roosevelt's political ideas to which other politician's?

(see the answer key)

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