The Vintage Mencken Multiple Choice Test Questions

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Introduction, 1-4

1. Who is the editor of this volume?
(a) H. L. Mencken.
(b) Alfred Knopf.
(c) William Jennings Bryan.
(d) Alistair Cooke.

2. Which is one of the stated reasons the editor put the volume together?
(a) To fight charges that Mencken was racist.
(b) To expose the corrupt policies of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
(c) To introduce the works of H. L. Mencken to a new generation.
(d) To sell books for profit.

3. Which decade, according to the author, was Mencken at his best?
(a) The 1930s.
(b) The 1920s.
(c) The 1940s.
(d) The 1910s.

4. Which book was Mencken's touchstone into literature?
(a) Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn.
(b) Thomas Paine's Common Sense.
(c) Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
(d) Alexander Dumas' The Three Musketeers.

5. What part of Mencken's work is NOT included in the volume?
(a) Mencken's work on language and grammar.
(b) Mencken's political discourse of the 1920s.
(c) Mencken's esoteric views on art and art history.
(d) Mencken's nostalgic musings on Baltimore.

6. Which was described as Mencken's earliest memory?
(a) Swatting flies with his brother in the kitchen.
(b) Getting bitten by a snake.
(c) Watching a carnival of the Order of Orioles.
(d) Attending a speech of William Jennings Bryan.

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