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Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to "Exeunt Omnes," Mencken was disappointed with the amount of books dedicated to which subject?
(a) Death.
(b) Democracy.
(c) Adultery.
(d) Taxes.

2. Which is the best style of architecture, according to Mencken?
(a) Futurism.
(b) Modernism.
(c) English Eighteenth Century.
(d) Art Nouveau.

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

4. Why did Valentino invite Mencken to dinner?
(a) To ask for advice about a fight with a New York newspaper.
(b) To beg him to ask a young woman out on a date for him.
(c) To challenge him to a duel for libel.
(d) To advise him on whether or not to take an upcoming film role.

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

6. Which of the following was true in regard to statements made by Mencken about chiropractic?
(a) Chiropractors were made up of intellectual heavyweights and aristocrats.
(b) Chiropractic sprang from a perversion of brain science.
(c) There was no, and would never be, any beneficial effect of chiropractic.
(d) The deaths of chiropractic patients was welcome, as it would mean less stupid people in the world.

7. In "The Wallace Paranoia," who was Mencken referring to with the phrase "raisins in the bread."
(a) Extremists and the mentally unstable.
(b) Sweet, young ladies amid a bunch of old men.
(c) Honorable, career politicians.
(d) Bible-belt evangelists.

8. What was the function of the Bill of Rights, per "Mr. Justice Holmes"?
(a) To protect the aristocracy from the low classes.
(b) To protect Americans from the tyranny of the state.
(c) To ensure a pistol or shotgun is available in every household.
(d) To protect religion from devil worshippers.

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

10. What was Mencken's epitaph?
(a) Give your mother a kiss, for me.
(b) Remember what I said, not what I did.
(c) This gravestone may alternately be used as a paperweight.
(d) Wink your eye at some homely girl.

11. What would best describe how Mencken felt about stage acting?
(a) Like portrait painting, stage acting provides a window into the truth.
(b) It stabs at the soul with genuine feeling.
(c) It gladdens the heart with falsity.
(d) It is completely unworthy of the price of admission.

12. According to "The New Architecture," when will Man have "built his own prison"?
(a) When he replaces Gothic architecture with Modernist architecture.
(b) When Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is not heralded as a champion of new design.
(c) When new architecture is replaced by neoclassical architecture.
(d) When people build houses using the style of English Eighteenth Century.

13. How did Mencken describe the music of Bach?
(a) "Heaven upon a creamy macaroon."
(b) "Silver macaroni, exquisitely tangled."
(c) "The Deaf leading the Equally-Deaf."
(d) "Genesis I, I"

14. What might Mencken say about a writer's sense of beauty?
(a) The writer has a profound sense of beauty.
(b) The writer has a very poor sense of beauty.
(c) The writer has an average sense of beauty.
(d) Beauty is irrelevant to the writer, who must deal with cold, hard facts.

15. How was Mencken able to get a taxi driver to drive him to a speakeasy in Pennsylvania?
(a) He gave the driver a ten dollar bill.
(b) He threatened the driver with jail time.
(c) He showed the driver the musical score from a Bach concert.
(d) He agreed to write an article about the driver.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the point of the section, "Sententiae"?

2. Who were the two attorneys in the Scopes monkey trial?

3. Which of the following is a trait of the Anglo-Saxon race, per "The Anglo-Saxon"?

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

5. Which of the following did NOT happen during "The Hills of Zion"?

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