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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How was plutocracy created, according to Mencken?
(a) Through dictatorial grabs for power.
(b) From the ruins of proper aristocracy.
(c) From a desperate and starving peasant class.
(d) From the corrupting influence of money.

2. What was Mencken's opinion of Gothic architecture?
(a) Valuable and useful.
(b) Completely out of style.
(c) Joyless and dreary.
(d) Hideous.

3. What was Mencken's attitude toward Grover Cleveland?
(a) Smug pity.
(b) Enjoyment at his suffering.
(c) Great admiration.
(d) Contempt for his policies.

4. What was Mencken's general opinion of religion at the end of "Holy Writ"?
(a) Religion is evil, and should be outlawed.
(b) Religion is a great good, and responsible for much of what is good in civilization.
(c) Religion is a pretty silly business.
(d) Religion is valuable, but flawed.

5. Who was Mencken with at a Bach concert in Pennsylvania when he decided to get some liquor?
(a) Alfred Knopf.
(b) Henry Cabot Lodge.
(c) Woodrow Wilson.
(d) Gene the magistrate.

6. Why was early Christianity superior to modern Christianity, per "Holy Writ"?
(a) It featured a lot less sermonizing.
(b) Services took place in cold places, to ensure better concentration.
(c) Early Christianity had a less strict interpretation of Biblical stories.
(d) It featured more moral instructions.

7. What aspect of old-time education did Mencken miss most in modern education?
(a) The charm of the one-room schoolhouse.
(b) The tolling of the dinner triangle.
(c) The insistence on only male teachers.
(d) Corporal punishment.

8. To what degree has "new architecture" impacted America?
(a) It hasn't reached American shores yet, and Mencken pleads with Europe to let America "borrow" it.
(b) It has come to dominate America, much to Mencken's chagrin.
(c) It has not had much of an impact.
(d) It has come to dominate America, much to Mencken's delight.

9. How do common folk read the Bible, according to Mencken in "Holy Writ"?
(a) They read it, but find nothing to relate to their personal experience.
(b) They are fooled by its beautiful prose, and pay no attention to the ideas behind the words.
(c) They find it hilarious, for some strange reason.
(d) They don't read the Bible at all, and are illiterate fools.

10. Which was NOT a reason Mencken used in his assessment that houses are ugly in "The Libido for the Ugly"?
(a) The houses were painted yellow.
(b) The houses had awkward, skinny chimneys.
(c) The houses were shabby and dilapidated.
(d) The houses were structurally misshapen.

11. Which of the following might Mencken say about Calvin Coolidge?
(a) Coolidge was as energetic a man as ever graced the White House.
(b) Coolidge was a practical agnostic.
(c) Coolidge was deeply flawed, precisely because of his Presbyterian upbringing.
(d) Coolidge pulled himself up from the most meager of upbringings.

12. What city was featured in "The Libido for the Ugly"?
(a) Washington, D. C.
(b) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
(c) Baltimore, Maryland.
(d) Dayton, Ohio.

13. What was Roosevelt's strategy at the Democratic National Convention of 1932?
(a) Roosevelt had a comic struggle to obtain the highest podium, so he might look the tallest.
(b) He wished to bribe key officials for the nomination.
(c) He wished to rush motions through and bypass parliamentary procedures.
(d) He wished to delay as much as possible, and honor every minor parliamentary procedure.

14. What was the subject of "The Noble Experiment"?
(a) The Cuban revolution.
(b) A scientific breakthrough Mencken reported on.
(c) Voting during World War I.
(d) Drinking during Prohibition.

15. What was the result of Mencken's attempt to trace the lineage of the Anglo-Saxon race?
(a) He traced it to a tribe in Western Africa.
(b) He pointed out that the race was never the same after a battle in 1066.
(c) Mencken claimed, sarcastically, that he himself represents the apex of the race.
(d) It was too complicated, and he gave up.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the subject of Mencken's final published article?

2. According to Mencken, why was Samuel Johnson unique as an artist?

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

4. Who was FDR's chief opponent in the Democratic Convention of 1932?

5. What was the art discussed in "The Comedian"?

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