The Vintage Mencken Quiz | One Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through 35-39.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In "The Good Man," what general statement did Mencken make about mankind?
(a) Man is not perfect, and any strengths are balanced by flaws.
(b) Men are gluttonous, and must continually fight the urge to eat.
(c) Men are good and kind, and almost always do the right thing.
(d) Men are not predisposed to appreciate art, and often must be forced.

2. What did Mencken satirize in "Quid Est Veritas"?
(a) Aristocrats.
(b) Those who insisted Latin was not a dead language.
(c) Organized religion.
(d) Country doctors.

3. What must modern religions do to "escape absurdity"?
(a) They must disband immediately.
(b) They must allow gay marriage.
(c) They should encourage a much more relaxed church service.
(d) They should accept a small element of agnosticism.

4. Why, according to Mencken, do virtuous people end up sinning the worst?
(a) Virtuous people give of themselves so much, they are empty inside.
(b) The virtuous don't know how to handle sin, and thus get carried away.
(c) Virtuous people do difficult work, and this work drives them insane.
(d) To be "virtuous" is a lie: the virtuous are among the most sinful among us.

5. What do saints have in common with scientists?
(a) Both corrupt the truth to suit their best interests.
(b) Both unselfishly serve mankind.
(c) Both manipulate public opinion to advance their own position.
(d) Both simply seek the truth.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why do "handsome men" deserve suspicion?

2. In what way did Mencken mock General John Pershing?

3. Which of the following could NOT be used to describe Mencken's tone in "Star-Spangled Man"?

4. What was the function of the Bill of Rights, per "Mr. Justice Holmes"?

5. Which was NOT one of the reasons why a Christian wouldn't man cheat on his wife, according to "The Libertine"?

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