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 introduce the works of H. L. Mencken to a new generation.
(c) To sell books for profit.
(d) To expose the corrupt policies of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

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

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

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

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) Attending a speech of William Jennings Bryan.
(d) Watching a carnival of the Order of Orioles.

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