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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was the nature of the analogy Mencken uses involving Oliver Wendell Holmes, a hammer, and a feather?
(a) Holmes wrote with a feather (quill), but legislated with a hammer.
(b) Holmes touched the sky with feathers, and then built a castle in the sky with a hammer.
(c) Holmes tickled with feathers, but never punished with a hammer.
(d) Holmes stuffed a mattress with feathers, but then beat the mattress flat with a hammer.

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

3. 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 bribe key officials for the nomination.
(c) Roosevelt had a comic struggle to obtain the highest podium, so he might look the tallest.
(d) He wished to rush motions through and bypass parliamentary procedures.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Mencken describe the music of Bach?

2. Where did the Scopes monkey trial take place?

3. What point did Mencken make when referring to the picture of a French soldier who was deformed with multiple amputations in war?

4. What theoretical scenario did Mencken pose in "The Calamity of Appomattox"?

5. What was the general atmosphere of the Democratic National Convention of 1932, as reported by Mencken?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Mencken's opinion of chiropractic?

2. Why did Mencken miss corporal punishment in schools in "Travail"?

3. What opinion did Mencken have about the English translation of the Bible?

4. What type of people attended the Progressive Party convention of 1948?

5. How did Mencken--with tongue firmly in cheek--try to justify a man's murdering of his wife in "A Good Man Gone Wrong"?

6. According to Mencken in "The Calamity of Appomattox," what would have happened if the Civil War had never happened?

7. What stance did Mencken take in "Mencken's Last Stand"?

8. Describe the religious service Mencken witnessed in "The Hills of Zion."

9. According to "The Author at Work," why do writers write?

10. According to "The Wallace Paranoia," what did candidate Henry Wallace do during the convention of the Progressive Party?

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