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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 not had much of an impact.
(c) It has come to dominate America, much to Mencken's delight.
(d) It has come to dominate America, much to Mencken's chagrin.

2. Which of the following is NOT a trait of the writer, according to Mencken in "The Author at Work"?
(a) The writer is a hypochondriac.
(b) The writer is in it for the money.
(c) The writer is starved for attention.
(d) The writer is a social creature.

3. What might Mencken say was Grover Cleveland's defining trait?
(a) Political acumen.
(b) A lust for life.
(c) Intelligence.
(d) Stubbornness.

4. Who was Mencken referring to with the title, "A Good Man in a Bad Trade"?
(a) Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
(b) A chiropractor.
(c) Woodrow Wilson.
(d) Grover Cleveland.

5. What was "lamentable" about the North beating the South in the Civil War, according to Mencken?
(a) The quality of tobacco was never the same.
(b) The South's aristocracy was destroyed.
(c) Technological innovation was delayed by 25 years.
(d) The slaves were freed.

6. What did Mencken conclude in his examination of rulings in "Mr. Justice Holmes"?
(a) Mencken slyly suggests Holmes should tuck chickens under his arms because of his chicken-like cowardice.
(b) Justice Holmes rendered fantastically bizarre rulings, and should be impeached.
(c) Justice Holmes ruled too often for rabble-rousers, and not often enough for the aristocracy.
(d) Justice Holmes ruled too often in favor of the powers that be, rather than the people.

7. What happened when Mencken sent a junior reporter to get him liquor during the Republican National Convention?
(a) The junior reporter was arrested and spends the night in jail.
(b) The reporter stole liquor from an aristocrat's secret stash.
(c) The convention organizers caught Mencken and toss him out.
(d) The reporter encountered drunken goons, and failed to get any liquor.

8. What was NOT a feature of chiropractors, according to "Chiropractic"?
(a) They were retired baseball players or piano movers.
(b) They did no good, and may in fact cause harm.
(c) They were quacks.
(d) They had a good deal of anatomical knowledge.

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

10. Which of the following is NOT something that exists as a result of the Anglo-Saxon race, according to Mencken?
(a) Fundamentalism.
(b) A tradition of cultural superiority.
(c) The Ku Klux Klan.
(d) The slaughter of American Indians.

11. Which of the following was NOT an attribute of an artist, as Mencken describes in "The Artist"?
(a) The artist turns against his country and countrymen.
(b) The artist is patriotic.
(c) The artist is more sensitive to his environment than normal people.
(d) The artist is more easily wounded.

12. Who started chiropractic, according to Mencken?
(a) Andrew Still.
(b) William Jennings Bryan.
(c) Alistair Cooke.
(d) Dr. William Bayle Howard.

13. What criticism did Mencken have for a book filled with sayings and writings about death?
(a) The book failed to mention music at all.
(b) The book failed to include the work of Theodore Dreiser.
(c) The book had nothing from the ancient Greeks.
(d) The book had three quotations attributed to the contemptible Oliver Wendell Holmes.

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

15. Which of the following did NOT happen during "The Hills of Zion"?
(a) A woman warned against reading books.
(b) A young woman went into convulsions.
(c) A preacher appeared to strangle a woman to death before he miraculously "cures" her.
(d) The preacher began to speak in tongues.

Short Answer Questions

1. What memorable simile did Mencken use for Grover Cleveland?

2. What was Roosevelt's strategy at the Democratic National Convention of 1932?

3. According to "Exeunt Omnes," Mencken was disappointed with the amount of books dedicated to which subject?

4. What was the nature of the analogy Mencken uses involving Oliver Wendell Holmes, a hammer, and a feather?

5. Why did Mencken curse those who translated the Bible into English?

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