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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 29, Buffooneries, Chapter 30, Sententiae, Chapter 31, Appendix.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Mencken sees that too often any discussion of suicide is rooted in what incorrect notion?
(a) The family would suffer in a suicide.
(b) Death is painless.
(c) Killing oneself is an expensive proposition.
(d) Death is painful.

2. What does Mencken believe about the universality of morality?
(a) Morality is specific to a particular individual.
(b) Morality depends upon the language one speaks.
(c) Morality is universal, and differences between moral systems are small.
(d) Morality is specific to regions of the world.

3. What point does Mencken make by bringing up an 84-year-old man he knew in Chapter 21?
(a) The older a person gets, the crankier they get.
(b) Age is nothing but a number.
(c) A man's innate constitution may determine longevity more than illness.
(d) Illness makes a person stronger.

4. Which is NOT one of the features of the typical school day, as envisioned by Mencken?
(a) Schoolboys deal with adults (teachers) they have great respect for.
(b) Learning is a largely automatic process.
(c) The school day is boring and sad.
(d) For stimulation, schoolboys try to talk to other schoolboys and only get punished for it.

5. A story involving Pharaoh Cheops compares the architecture of Egypt with which land?
(a) Modern-day America.
(b) Africa.
(c) England.
(d) Babylon.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Mencken praise doctors in Chapter 16?

2. Who wrote Sextet for Strings, Opus 18, which Mencken greatly praises?

3. The first text in Chapter 29 is a play with what kind of people?

4. What is Mencken's central critique for socialism?

5. Who wrote Parsifal?

(see the answer key)

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