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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Mencken believe life on other planets is highly unlikely?
(a) Temperatures elsewhere than earth cannot sustain life.
(b) God only created life on Earth.
(c) There is a lack of carbon on most planets.
(d) There is too much methane on most planets.

2. Mencken has what criticism for "new poets"?
(a) They are too musical.
(b) They are too clever for their own good.
(c) They are too cerebral and scientific.
(d) They are too romantic and instinctive.

3. Which president did Charles Joseph Bonaparte work for?
(a) Woodrow Wilson.
(b) Theodore Roosevelt.
(c) Warren G. Harding.
(d) Grover Cleveland.

4. What is Mencken's view of chiropractors?
(a) They are the newest members of a respected doctor aristocracy.
(b) He must study the subject further to render an opinion.
(c) They are quack doctors.
(d) He depends on them for his numerous back problems.

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

6. Which author does Mencken believe is for "lunch-table idealists"?
(a) Walt Whitman.
(b) Mark Twain.
(c) Henry David Thoreau.
(d) Ralph Waldo Emerson.

7. According to Chapter 16, which political system is responsible for the majority of civilization as we know it?
(a) Socialism.
(b) Oligarchy.
(c) Dictatorship.
(d) Capitalism.

8. What was Roosevelt's team of political advisers popularly called?
(a) The Brooklyn Thirteen.
(b) The Washington Eggheads.
(c) The Brain Trust.
(d) Roosevelt's Riveters.

9. What action taken by Anthony Comstock does Mencken take issue with?
(a) Editing his articles overmuch at the Baltimore Sun.
(b) Spreading a new strain of Methodist religion.
(c) Trying to censor book material.
(d) Too quickly embracing new technology like the telephone.

10. Who does Mencken label "blatant and obnoxious posturers and wind-bags"?
(a) Writers.
(b) Film directors.
(c) Actors.
(d) Classical composers.

11. Why does Mencken praise doctors in Chapter 16?
(a) They do a great deal of good for poor people.
(b) They are charlatans, but they know how to play the game.
(c) A professional class like doctors can create a new American aristocracy.
(d) They have wonderful gadgets that are endlessly fascinating.

12. Where did Mencken meet Sister Aimee?
(a) The offices of the Baltimore Sun.
(b) The Los Angeles Basilica.
(c) The San Diego Zoo.
(d) An Indian retreat.

13. What device does Mencken call a "boon to bores"?
(a) Telephone.
(b) Radio.
(c) Elevator.
(d) Thermostat.

14. How does Mencken react to a religious ceremony inside a basilica, as he recounts in Chapter 15?
(a) With indifference.
(b) With joy.
(c) With intellectual curiosity.
(d) With disgust.

15. Mencken reports on a boxing with which famed boxer?
(a) Fireman Jim Flynn.
(b) Gene Tunney.
(c) Jack Dempsey.
(d) Gunboat Smith.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Mencken sees authors as divided into which two classes?

3. What kind of test does Mencken believe teachers should have to pass prior to teaching?

4. In Chapter 23, Mencken attends a church service during the Scopes Monkey Trial. What is his impression of that service?

5. Which is the "most democratic" of art forms according to Mencken?

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