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

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

3. Why did Mencken call democracy a "self-limiting disease"?
(a) Members of the Democratic Party inflict damage on themselves through numerous scandals.
(b) Democracy achieves equality, and once equality is achieved, democracy has nothing to accomplish.
(c) Democracy does damage, but the damage it can do is limited.
(d) Democracy is able to place limits on the power of politicians.

4. What was Mencken's epitaph?
(a) Give your mother a kiss, for me.
(b) This gravestone may alternately be used as a paperweight.
(c) Remember what I said, not what I did.
(d) Wink your eye at some homely girl.

5. Which of the following was true in regard to statements made by Mencken about chiropractic?
(a) Chiropractic sprang from a perversion of brain science.
(b) The deaths of chiropractic patients was welcome, as it would mean less stupid people in the world.
(c) There was no, and would never be, any beneficial effect of chiropractic.
(d) Chiropractors were made up of intellectual heavyweights and aristocrats.

Short Answer Questions

1. Per "Mr. Justice Holmes," which of the following might Mencken say about the legislature as a state organization?

2. How did Mencken describe the music of Puccini?

3. What was the point of the section, "Sententiae"?

4. Which was NOT a reason Mencken used in his assessment that houses are ugly in "The Libido for the Ugly"?

5. Which of the following did NOT happen during "The Hills of Zion"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What was the content of "Sententiae"?

3. What was Mencken's opinion of chiropractic?

4. Did Mencken's aesthetics conform to the ideals of the "new architecture"? Explain.

5. What were the general features of Anglo-Saxons, according to Mencken in "The Anglo-Saxon"?

6. What did Mencken feel were the true and most damaging consequences of the Civil War, according to "The Calamity of Appomattox"?

7. What did Mencken conclude about his research into the court cases of Oliver Wendell Holmes?

8. What aspect of death interested Mencken the most?

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

10. What examples did Mencken provide to support his judgment of Anglo-Saxons?

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