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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 subject of the Scopes monkey trial?
(a) The assault of a zoo heckler by a gorilla.
(b) The kidnapping of a chimpanzee.
(c) A treasonous plot to help a Central American country.
(d) The teaching of evolution.

2. 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) She believed that books are full of snakes and corn cobs.
(c) Only a congregation's preacher should take on the responsibility of reading.
(d) Reading would require too much effort.

3. 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."

4. What was NOT a feature of chiropractors, according to "Chiropractic"?
(a) They were quacks.
(b) They did no good, and may in fact cause harm.
(c) They were retired baseball players or piano movers.
(d) They had a good deal of anatomical knowledge.

5. Per "Mr. Justice Holmes," which of the following might Mencken say about the legislature as a state organization?
(a) Despite its flaws, it always acts in the interest of the people.
(b) It is immune to corruption.
(c) It is subject to special interests and blackmail.
(d) It is run by the aristocracy.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Mencken, what if there had not been a Civil War in the United States?

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

3. What problem did Mencken have with Justice Holmes' final court case?

4. What might Mencken say was Grover Cleveland's defining trait?

5. Which was NOT a challenge to the schoolboy Mencken mentioned in "Travail"?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "Exeunt Omnes," Mencken described his second book on death, which has collected sayings and thoughts on death. What did Mencken maintain was the main idea of the book?

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

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

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

5. What was the content of "Sententiae"?

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

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

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

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

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

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