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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. What is the crux of Mr. Ayres' philosophical argument that Mencken criticizes?
(a) Language determines behavior and thought patterns.
(b) Evolution is a hoax.
(c) Causality is an illusion.
(d) Science cannot account for morality.

2. How does Mencken characterize the emotional state of most schoolboys?
(a) They are happy.
(b) They are eager to learn and curious.
(c) They are murderously violent.
(d) They are very sad.

3. What is Mencken's central critique for socialism?
(a) It does not go far enough to redistribute wealth.
(b) It is a noble idea, but it has not been instituted correctly.
(c) It is incompatible with the facts of history.
(d) The U.S. refuses to embrace Bolshevik-style socialism, which is the only socialism which has worked.

4. How intelligent are women according to Mencken?
(a) They pretend to be dumb, but are in fact quite intelligent.
(b) They are completely stupid in thought and deed.
(c) They pretend to be intelligent, but deep down are quite stupid.
(d) They are usually much more intelligent than men.

5. Who is the "ideal citizen of Christendom" according to Chapter 3?
(a) An emotionally cold woman.
(b) Young men drained of passion.
(c) The hapless hero of a female novel.
(d) Young men full of passion.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the consequence of someone believing in God, according to Mencken in Chapter 1?

2. Sister Aimee was an evangelist in what branch of Christian religion?

3. What subject does Mencken begin his volume with?

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

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

(see the answer key)

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