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

2. How was Mencken able to get a taxi driver to drive him to a speakeasy in Pennsylvania?
(a) He showed the driver the musical score from a Bach concert.
(b) He agreed to write an article about the driver.
(c) He gave the driver a ten dollar bill.
(d) He threatened the driver with jail time.

3. According to Mencken, how might Calvin Coolidge had handled the Great Depression?
(a) By sleeping through it.
(b) By nationalizing many sectors of the economy.
(c) By taking a more active role than FDR ever had.
(d) By cowering under his desk.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What criticism did Mencken have for a book filled with sayings and writings about death?

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

3. To what degree has "new architecture" impacted America?

4. What was Calvin Coolidge's chief trait, according to Mencken?

5. Who started chiropractic, according to Mencken?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What opinion was rendered about William Jennings Bryan in "In Memoriam: W.J.B."?

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

6. What aspect of death interested Mencken the most?

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

8. How was FDR able to win the Democratic National Convention of 1932?

9. What was the nature of film actor Valentino's problem, as related in "Valentino"?

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

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