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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 function of the Bill of Rights, per "Mr. Justice Holmes"?
(a) To protect Americans from the tyranny of the state.
(b) To protect the aristocracy from the low classes.
(c) To protect religion from devil worshippers.
(d) To ensure a pistol or shotgun is available in every household.

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

3. What was the art discussed in "The Comedian"?
(a) Television situational comedy.
(b) Stage acting.
(c) Street musicianship.
(d) Pantomime.

4. 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) Reading would require too much effort.
(d) Only a congregation's preacher should take on the responsibility of reading.

5. What was unique to the American psyche according to Mencken in "Libido for the Ugly"?
(a) Sexual arousal when viewing art objects.
(b) A tendency to be rude and loud during movie screenings.
(c) An obsession with staying thin.
(d) A queer fascination with ugliness.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which is the best style of architecture, according to Mencken?

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

3. What was Mencken's current opinion of the American South, as revealed in "The Calamity of Appomattox"?

4. Which of the following was NOT a name applied to William Jennings Bryan by Mencken?

5. What was Mencken's general opinion of religion at the end of "Holy Writ"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. For what reasons did Mencken admire Grover Cleveland?

4. What caused Mencken to question the American psyche in "The Libido for the Ugly"?

5. What was the content of "Sententiae"?

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

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

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

9. How did Mencken distinguish between plutocracy and aristocracy in "A Glance Ahead"?

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

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