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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did Mencken mean by the term "Ku Kluxry"?
(a) Cultural superiority.
(b) Racism.
(c) Dressing in silly clothes.
(d) Bedsheets.

2. Why might the Anglo-Saxon race have entered into the Spanish-American war, according to Mencken?
(a) They were courageous and foolhardy.
(b) It was a war they were sure to win.
(c) They knew they could seize the Spanish crown.
(d) The war protected vital interests in the Caribbean.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. What event did Mencken cover in "The Wallace Paranoia"?
(a) A socialite's ball.
(b) The Progressive Party convention.
(c) The marriage of a governor.
(d) The New York World's Fair.

6. In "The Hills of Zion," why did a woman warn against the reading of books?
(a) Only a congregation's preacher should take on the responsibility of reading.
(b) She asked, What knowledge could exist outside of the Bible?
(c) Reading would require too much effort.
(d) She believed that books are full of snakes and corn cobs.

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

8. What was Mencken's current opinion of the American South, as revealed in "The Calamity of Appomattox"?
(a) It was an economic powerhouse.
(b) It was a culturally superior place.
(c) It was a lightning-rod of controversy.
(d) It was a culturally inferior place.

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

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

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

12. What theoretical scenario did Mencken pose in "The Calamity of Appomattox"?
(a) Mencken imagines if Europe had never recovered from World War I, and was a smoldering ruin.
(b) Mencken imagines if the North had surrendered in the Civil War instead of the South.
(c) Mencken imagines a world in which the deli counter always got his sandwich order right.
(d) Mencken imagines if the Civil War had never taken place, and the South had slaves to this day.

13. What was Mencken's phrase for religious fundamentalism?
(a) "Ye Olde Honest Truth."
(b) "That Old-Time Religion."
(c) "The Fluff of the Flock."
(d) "The Shepherd's Porridge."

14. 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 run by the aristocracy.
(c) It is subject to special interests and blackmail.
(d) Despite its flaws, it always acts in the interest of the people.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Complete the following aphorism found in "Sententiae": "Adultery is..."

3. What might Mencken say about a writer's sense of beauty?

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

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

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