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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What event did Mencken cover in "The Wallace Paranoia"?
(a) The Progressive Party convention.
(b) A socialite's ball.
(c) The New York World's Fair.
(d) The marriage of a governor.

2. Who were the two attorneys in the Scopes monkey trial?
(a) William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow.
(b) Theodore Dreiser and John Pershing.
(c) Clarence Darrow and Henry Cabot Lodge.
(d) William Jennings Bryan and Andrew Still.

3. Why did Valentino invite Mencken to dinner?
(a) To ask for advice about a fight with a New York newspaper.
(b) To challenge him to a duel for libel.
(c) To beg him to ask a young woman out on a date for him.
(d) To advise him on whether or not to take an upcoming film role.

4. Which of the following was NOT a name applied to William Jennings Bryan by Mencken?
(a) Yellow-bellied sapsucker.
(b) Charlatan.
(c) Mountebank.
(d) Fly-catcher.

5. To what degree has "new architecture" impacted America?
(a) It hasn't reached American shores yet, and Mencken pleads with Europe to let America "borrow" it.
(b) It has come to dominate America, much to Mencken's delight.
(c) It has not had much of an impact.
(d) It has come to dominate America, much to Mencken's chagrin.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the nature of the analogy Mencken uses involving Oliver Wendell Holmes, a hammer, and a feather?

2. Which of the following is a trait of the Anglo-Saxon race, per "The Anglo-Saxon"?

3. How did Mencken describe the music of Chopin?

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

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

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