The Vintage Mencken Quiz | Eight Week Quiz G

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through 45-49.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why did Mencken call democracy a "self-limiting disease"?
(a) Democracy achieves equality, and once equality is achieved, democracy has nothing to accomplish.
(b) Democracy is able to place limits on the power of politicians.
(c) Democracy does damage, but the damage it can do is limited.
(d) Members of the Democratic Party inflict damage on themselves through numerous scandals.

2. What one thing did Mencken feel was useful from the contributions of Sigmund Freud?
(a) The notion that lying stemmed from an unconscious place.
(b) The notion that dreams could reveal aspects of our everyday lives.
(c) The notion that "mother issues" were deeply-seated.
(d) The notion that people could be easily hypnotized.

3. What was the "last straw" that forced Mencken to quit the organization in #16?
(a) The fact that the running track was rectangular.
(b) The relentless shouting of his gym teacher.
(c) A painful accident with the horizontal bar.
(d) An evangelical teen in the reading room.

4. What was the art discussed in "The Comedian"?
(a) Street musicianship.
(b) Stage acting.
(c) Television situational comedy.
(d) Pantomime.

5. Which was NOT a challenge to the schoolboy Mencken mentioned in "Travail"?
(a) They were taught lessons no one has an interest in.
(b) They were forced to be babysat against their will.
(c) They were taught by teachers they don't respect.
(d) They were trying to learn things that are above their intellectual ability.

Short Answer Questions

1. What, according to Mencken, is "The Incomparable Buzz-Saw"?

2. What was Mencken's epitaph?

3. Why, according to Mencken, do virtuous people end up sinning the worst?

4. How was Theodore Dreiser like Joseph Conrad, according to Mencken?

5. How would Mencken respond to the notion that William Jennings Bryan was an earnest man?

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