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

2. Where did the Scopes Monkey Trial take place?
(a) Frankfurt, Kentucky.
(b) Mexico, Missouri.
(c) Dayton, Tennessee.
(d) Chicago, Illinois.

3. Who does Mencken call "the national ideal of a literary character"?
(a) Ring Lardner.
(b) Ambrose Bierce.
(c) William Dean Howells.
(d) Joseph Conrad.

4. Which is NOT one of the benefits Mencken sees should America put into place his ideas in "Utopian Flights"?
(a) The election of people who actually want to be legislators.
(b) Elimination of political campaigns.
(c) Reduction of election costs.
(d) Insertion of people who believe public service is a chore.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Roosevelt's team of political advisers popularly called?

2. What word might Mencken use to characterize Mary Baker G. Eddy?

3. What is Mencken's view of chiropractors?

4. Which classical composer could not "write for the mob"?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Summarize Mencken's views on William Dean Howells.

2. What opinion does Mencken render about a) Mary Baker G. Eddy and Christian Science, and b) the doctrine of theosophy?

3. How does Mencken compare socialism to capitalism? Include the Bolshevik Revolution in your response.

4. What is Mencken's opinion of the music of Johann Strauss? Why wasn't Strauss' music more well-received in America?

5. In an editorial dated October, 1928, Mencken discusses schoolboys. Summarize this article. What suggestions does Mencken have for improving education?

6. In Chapter 24, Mencken discusses art and literary criticism. How do critics influence artists? And what makes for the best kind of literary critics?

7. Summarize Mencken's account of the Scopes Monkey Trial and his impression of the town of Dayton, Tennessee.

8. In Chapter 19, Mencken discusses science. Discuss his views of a) the scientific hypothesis, b) Charles Darwin, and c) Mr. Ayres' and his philosophy.

9. In "Utopian Flights," how does Mencken suggest that legislators be chosen? What benefits would this method have, in his opinion?

10. What is Mencken's own philosophy of psychology? What does he feel forms the basis of human psychology?

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