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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. Who rules American culture, according to Chapter 10?
(a) Psychologists and doctors.
(b) Quacks such as chiropractors.
(c) The uncivilized mob.
(d) The learned aristocracy.
2. Which is NOT one of Mencken's view of humankind as expressed in Chapter 1?
(a) Man is full of errors.
(b) Man is the center of the universe, and rightly so.
(c) Man is prone to believe in ridiculous things.
(d) Man is the product of random and meaningless processes.
3. What is Mencken's opinion of the American South?
(a) He believes that southerners are intellectually superior to northerners, but rarely show it.
(b) He loathes it and believes it to be a crude and uncultured place.
(c) He thinks it is a spiritually enlightened place.
(d) He thinks highly of it because of its emphasis on grassroots values.
4. What does Mencken NOT believe about the possibility for morality to change over time?
(a) Morality evolves and grows over time.
(b) Morality can adopt new ideas, like Christian beliefs.
(c) Different subsections of morality can grow over time.
(d) Morality was determined in ancient times, and has not changed.
5. Which is NOT one of the features Mencken imagines for the Confederacy, had it survived the Civil War?
(a) It would be a more cultured place.
(b) It would never have abolished slavery.
(c) It would be a wealthier place.
(d) It would have a strong aristocracy in place.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is the chief problem with political theorists?
2. What comparison does Mencken make between man and animal in Chapter 1?
3. Before democracy came to be, what did people believe this system of government to be?
4. What is the subject of Chapter 7?
5. How would George Washington fare in today's political climate?
Short Essay Questions
1. Summarize Mencken's appraisal of Abraham Lincoln.
2. What does Mencken believe about the nature of man and God? What is the consequence for believing in God? What about the soul?
3. Name four historic events Mencken mentions in Chapter 12, and his opinion of them.
4. Describe Mencken's opinion of George Washington. Why does Mencken admire him? Why doesn't Mencken believe Washington would do well in a contemporary political climate?
5. What is the average person's opinion of government, according to Mencken?
6. What does Mencken see as a popular misconception about death? What is his opinion of suicide?
7. In Chapter 1, how does Mencken's view of humanity coincide with that of the modern scientist?
8. Is morality necessary in Mencken's view? How many people are moral people? Is there a good and evil, or is that a human-created concept?
9. What is Mencken's view of punishment for crime? What is the function of punishment?
10. What does Mencken feel about the relationship between science and religion?
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