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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What was the source of Oliver Wendell Holmes' allure?
(a) His ability to bribe officials at every level of government.
(b) His personal charisma and sometimes outrageous court antics.
(c) His ability to stick to the facts and write sound legal opinions.
(d) His eloquent, epigrammatic writing style.
2. What point did Mencken make when referring to the picture of a French soldier who was deformed with multiple amputations in war?
(a) The French were brave people, indeed.
(b) Mencken imagined that the soldier likely sought a glorious death in battle, but now has to live life in a pathetic state.
(c) The soldier made the noblest of sacrifices, and will be remembered forever.
(d) Mencken thought it was terribly sad that the man will not be able to walk into heaven.
3. Per "Mr. Justice Holmes," which of the following might Mencken say about the legislature as a state organization?
(a) It is immune to corruption.
(b) It is subject to special interests and blackmail.
(c) It is run by the aristocracy.
(d) Despite its flaws, it always acts in the interest of the people.
4. What was the flaw of FDR's opponent in the Democratic National Convention of 1932?
(a) He was too old, and he looked like a mummy next to FDR.
(b) He was a complete political rookie.
(c) He was blinded by his hatred for FDR.
(d) He was ruined by a scandal involving adultery.
5. What was the subject of the Scopes monkey trial?
(a) The assault of a zoo heckler by a gorilla.
(b) The teaching of evolution.
(c) The kidnapping of a chimpanzee.
(d) A treasonous plot to help a Central American country.
6. Which is the best style of architecture, according to Mencken?
(b) English Eighteenth Century.
(d) Art Nouveau.
7. What was Roosevelt's strategy at the Democratic National Convention of 1932?
(a) He wished to delay as much as possible, and honor every minor parliamentary procedure.
(b) He wished to rush motions through and bypass parliamentary procedures.
(c) Roosevelt had a comic struggle to obtain the highest podium, so he might look the tallest.
(d) He wished to bribe key officials for the nomination.
8. How was Mencken able to get a taxi driver to drive him to a speakeasy in Pennsylvania?
(a) He threatened the driver with jail time.
(b) He agreed to write an article about the driver.
(c) He gave the driver a ten dollar bill.
(d) He showed the driver the musical score from a Bach concert.
9. Where did the Scopes monkey trial take place?
(a) Dayton, Tennessee.
(b) Chicago, Illinois.
(c) St. Louis, Missouri.
(d) Baltimore, Maryland.
10. According to Mencken, how might Calvin Coolidge had handled the Great Depression?
(a) By cowering under his desk.
(b) By taking a more active role than FDR ever had.
(c) By nationalizing many sectors of the economy.
(d) By sleeping through it.
11. What theoretical scenario did Mencken pose in "The Calamity of Appomattox"?
(a) Mencken imagines if the Civil War had never taken place, and the South had slaves to this day.
(b) Mencken imagines if Europe had never recovered from World War I, and was a smoldering ruin.
(c) Mencken imagines if the North had surrendered in the Civil War instead of the South.
(d) Mencken imagines a world in which the deli counter always got his sandwich order right.
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 new architecture is replaced by neoclassical architecture.
(c) When people build houses using the style of English Eighteenth Century.
(d) When Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is not heralded as a champion of new design.
13. What was Mencken's opinion of Gothic architecture?
(a) Completely out of style.
(c) Valuable and useful.
(d) Joyless and dreary.
14. Who was FDR's chief opponent in the Democratic Convention of 1932?
(a) Henry Cabot Lodge.
(b) Woodrow Wilson.
(c) Al Smith.
(d) William Randolph Hearst.
15. What was "lamentable" about the North beating the South in the Civil War, according to Mencken?
(a) Technological innovation was delayed by 25 years.
(b) The slaves were freed.
(c) The South's aristocracy was destroyed.
(d) The quality of tobacco was never the same.
Short Answer Questions
1. According to "Exeunt Omnes," Mencken was disappointed with the amount of books dedicated to which subject?
2. What might Mencken say was Grover Cleveland's defining trait?
3. What did Mencken attribute to the fall of the "good man" in "A Good Man Gone Wrong"?
4. How did Mencken describe the music of Bach?
5. What is wrong, in Mencken's opinion, with most artists' depictions of death?
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