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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who does Mencken call the most romantic American author of the nineteenth century?
(a) Stephen Crane.
(b) Henry James.
(c) Mark Twain.
(d) William Dean Howells.

2. What two types of rich people does Mencken see in America?
(a) Slave masters and slaves.
(b) Money wasters and those who purchase public esteem.
(c) Investors in real estate and investors in bonds.
(d) Noble heroes and wicked villains.

3. How do bad artists hide their shortcomings?
(a) By creating overblown interpretations of their art.
(b) Bad artists are unable to hide their shortcomings; they are always found out.
(c) By coming up with new formulas for art.
(d) By showing their art to only a select, friendly few.

4. What is Mencken's opinion of the telephone?
(a) They are unnecessary and harmful.
(b) They are necessary, and have greatly benefited mankind.
(c) They are unnecessary, but are fun to play around with.
(d) They are necessary, but they have caused more harm than good.

5. A man's taste in poetry is a reflection of what?
(a) His intelligence.
(b) His love of life.
(c) His sense of romance.
(d) His inner cravings.

6. What is NOT one of the qualities of being a teacher according to Mencken?
(a) Having no respect.
(b) Being underpaid.
(c) Being able to breeze through lessons and cut corners.
(d) Wearing oneself out to achieve the impossible.

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

8. In "Utopian Flights," how does Mencken believe legislators should be chosen?
(a) By a committee of intellectuals.
(b) By a simple popular vote.
(c) At random, not unlike jurors.
(d) By the elected president.

9. Which is NOT one of the negative effects Mencken mentions in regards to Prohibition?
(a) Proliferation of bootleggers.
(b) More expensive alcohol.
(c) Only the poor have access to alcohol.
(d) Undermining of state revenues.

10. What two types of poetry does Mencken believe are the only viable ones?
(a) Musical poetry and poetry that rhymes.
(b) Musical poetry and poetry of false ideas.
(c) Poetry that tells a story and poetry that reveals essential truths.
(d) Poetry of false ideas and poetry that tells a story.

11. What quality makes for the best literary critic, according to Chapter 24?
(a) Adhering to a specific philosophical system.
(b) The goal to create a work of art.
(c) Advancing a personal agenda or doctrine.
(d) Accuracy and a need to refute error.

12. Who does Mencken identify as the father of chiropractic?
(a) Charles Joseph Bonaparte.
(b) William Carlos Williams.
(c) Andrew Still.
(d) John Ayres.

13. What unusual stance does Mencken take in regards to disease?
(a) Some diseases actually improve lives.
(b) All diseases are beneficial, as they help to thin human populations.
(c) Religion is sufficient to address disease.
(d) Diseases should not be treated with medicine.

14. In Chapter 15, Mencken expresses surprise that no one has violated the tomb of which man?
(a) Oliver Wendell Holmes.
(b) Charles Joseph Bonaparte.
(c) Grover Cleveland.
(d) George Washington.

15. Who was the attorney on the side of the defense in the Scopes Monkey Trial?
(a) Theodore Veblen.
(b) Clarence Darrow.
(c) Anthony Still.
(d) William Jennings Bryan.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What year did the New Deal programs begin?

3. How does Mencken characterize the emotional state of most schoolboys?

4. Why does the topic of "disease" give pathologists pause?

5. In the boxing match Mencken reports on in Chapter 23, why do most want the favorite boxer to lose?

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