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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 general atmosphere of the Democratic National Convention of 1932, as reported by Mencken?
(a) A complete circus.
(b) Like Mafia men meeting at a restaurant, as the politicians are all corrupt.
(c) Stuffy and mannered.
(d) Quiet, like a gentlemen's club.

2. Who was Mencken referring to with the title, "A Good Man in a Bad Trade"?
(a) Woodrow Wilson.
(b) Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
(c) Grover Cleveland.
(d) A chiropractor.

3. 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) Reading would require too much effort.
(c) She believed that books are full of snakes and corn cobs.
(d) She asked, What knowledge could exist outside of the Bible?

4. Which of the following describes an Anglo-Saxon soldier, according to Mencken?
(a) A tendency to be able to bore the enemy to death with a long speech.
(b) A remarkable physical constitution.
(c) A cowardice and ready willingness to desert.
(d) A strong sense of tactics as well as strategy.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In "Valentino," what did the press find in a men's bathroom that caused them to mock Valentino and his "Latin Lover" image?

2. How do common folk read the Bible, according to Mencken in "Holy Writ"?

3. What was the source of Oliver Wendell Holmes' allure?

4. In "Travail," how did the boys going to school in the morning seem to Mencken?

5. What was Mencken's attitude toward Grover Cleveland?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What opinions did Mencken render in "Masters of Tone"?

5. What was Mencken's opinion of stage acting?

6. Contemporaries wrote that Calvin Coolidge bore several similarities to Abraham Lincoln. Why did Mencken disagree with this claim?

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

8. What caused Mencken to question the American psyche in "The Libido for the Ugly"?

9. In "The Noble Experiment," what story did Mencken relate about acquiring alcohol at the Republican National Convention?

10. What was the content of "Sententiae"?

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