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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 19, Science, Chapter 20, Quackery.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Which is NOT one of the qualities Mencken ascribes to William Jennings Bryan?
(a) Preference to keep in the company of intellectuals.
(b) Lack of dignity.
(c) Insanity.
(d) Charlatanism.

4. Who does Mencken identify as the founder of Christian Science?
(a) Mary Baker G. Eddy.
(b) Theodore Veblen.
(c) Anthony Comstock.
(d) Sister Aimee.

5. What is the relationship between free will and morality?
(a) Free will has no relationship to morality.
(b) Free will creates several difficulties for morality.
(c) Free will and morality work hand in hand in a positive way.
(d) Free will is the cause as well as the effect of morality.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why might "reflective and skeptical men" refrain from suicide?

2. Who is the "ideal citizen of Christendom" according to Chapter 3?

3. What action taken by Anthony Comstock does Mencken take issue with?

4. What is Mencken's hope for democracy?

5. What is Mencken's opinion of the American South?

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