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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 "A Good Man Gone Wrong"?
(a) A man who robbed in order to feed his family.
(b) A man who murdered at the request of another man's wife.
(c) A man who was jailed for protesting World War I.
(d) A man who heckled an animal at the zoo, and got arrested.

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

3. What did Mencken conclude in his examination of rulings in "Mr. Justice Holmes"?
(a) Mencken slyly suggests Holmes should tuck chickens under his arms because of his chicken-like cowardice.
(b) Justice Holmes rendered fantastically bizarre rulings, and should be impeached.
(c) Justice Holmes ruled too often in favor of the powers that be, rather than the people.
(d) Justice Holmes ruled too often for rabble-rousers, and not often enough for the aristocracy.

4. How was plutocracy created, according to Mencken?
(a) Through dictatorial grabs for power.
(b) From the ruins of proper aristocracy.
(c) From a desperate and starving peasant class.
(d) From the corrupting influence of money.

5. What did Mencken call for in "Mencken's Last Stand"?
(a) A more intelligent approach to chiropractic.
(b) An end to segregation.
(c) For president Harry S. Truman to resign.
(d) For the world to leave him alone.

Short Answer Questions

1. How was Mencken able to get a taxi driver to drive him to a speakeasy in Pennsylvania?

2. In "The Hills of Zion," why did a woman warn against the reading of books?

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

4. According to Mencken, how might Calvin Coolidge had handled the Great Depression?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. Why did Mencken take issue with Oliver Wendell Holmes' final court case?

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

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

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

7. According to Mencken in "The Calamity of Appomattox," what would have happened if the Civil War had never happened?

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

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

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

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