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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. According to Mencken, why was Samuel Johnson unique as an artist?
(a) He always gave to charity, and artists are infamous misers.
(b) He has a particularly thrilling prose style.
(c) He never cared about his own fame or legacy.
(d) He never turned against his country, unlike all artists.

3. Which of the following is a trait of the Anglo-Saxon race, per "The Anglo-Saxon"?
(a) Intelligence.
(b) Cultural superiority.
(c) Bravery.
(d) Weak will.

4. How did Mencken describe the music of Puccini?
(a) "Two intertwined dogs yapping at each other."
(b) "Silver macaroni, exquisitely tangled."
(c) "A dozen wind chimes in a hurricane."
(d) "Two embalmers at work upon a minor poet."

5. 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.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to "The New Architecture," when will Man have "built his own prison"?

3. What was Mencken's general opinion of religion at the end of "Holy Writ"?

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

5. What would best describe Mencken's attitude toward Oliver Wendell Holmes?

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