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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 5, Morals, Chapter 6, Crime and Punishment.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does the "romantic" type of person inevitably do?
(a) Exaggerates.
(b) Betrays.
(c) Befriends everyone they meet.
(d) Makes light of serious situations.

3. How did morality come to be, according to Mencken?
(a) Morality evolved from the innate sense of right and wrong in children.
(b) Morality evolved from social practices required to survive.
(c) Morality is a creation of the Christian church.
(d) Morality is the product of the woman's insidious influence over man.

4. What is the consequence of someone believing in God, according to Mencken in Chapter 1?
(a) That person must be prepared to suffer eternal damnation for believing in the wrong god.
(b) That person must make offerings to his or her God.
(c) That person must pray on a daily basis.
(d) That person must ascribe all of Man's faults to God as well.

5. What is Mencken's belief about the concept of sin?
(a) Sin is real, and exists all around us.
(b) Sin is a made-up term, and does not really exist.
(c) Sin is the reason why children are born.
(d) Sin is just another word for good deed; it's all relative.

Short Answer Questions

1. How intelligent are women according to Mencken?

2. In "female novels," how are males portrayed according to Mencken?

3. What is Mencken's opinion of original Christians?

4. What is Mencken's opinion of the belief that man has a soul, according to Chapter 1?

5. What is Man's one unique characteristic, per Chapter 1?

(see the answer key)

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