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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 does Mencken believe about contemporary understanding of alcoholism?
(a) Most claims about the deleterious effects of alcohol are exaggerated.
(b) Alcoholism is much more dangerous than even the doctors warn.
(c) Alcoholism is a blight on American society.
(d) Alcoholism is one of the rare instances in which doctors fully understand the disease.

2. What BEST characterizes Mencken's view of the townspeople involved in the Scopes Monkey Trial?
(a) Backwoods hicks.
(b) Simple but endearing.
(c) Secularists.
(d) Intelligent and probing.

3. Privately, politicians are what kind of people?
(a) Exceedingly eccentric.
(b) Criminals.
(c) Charming individuals.
(d) Lying wretches.

4. Which Southern state does Mencken particularly mourn in his obituary on the American South?
(a) Georgia.
(b) Texas.
(c) Virginia.
(d) Louisiana.

5. What is the contemporary invention that Mencken likes most?
(a) Thermostat.
(b) Elevator.
(c) Radio.
(d) Telephone.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the second-worst job in the world, according to Chapter 17?

2. Which is NOT one of the features of the typical school day, as envisioned by Mencken?

3. What is Mencken's opinion about the variety of political systems?

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

5. What was Roosevelt's team of political advisers popularly called?

(see the answer key)

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