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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 Mencken's current opinion of the American South, as revealed in "The Calamity of Appomattox"?
(a) It was an economic powerhouse.
(b) It was a culturally superior place.
(c) It was a culturally inferior place.
(d) It was a lightning-rod of controversy.

2. What did Mencken attribute to the fall of the "good man" in "A Good Man Gone Wrong"?
(a) A Presbyterian upbringing.
(b) An "unspeakable force in the universe."
(c) A runaway automobile.
(d) A nagging housewife.

3. What was the subject of Mencken's final published article?
(a) A court case tinged with racism.
(b) The "newest quackery" of household appliances.
(c) A horse robbery.
(d) The murder of an adulterous housewife.

4. What was the point of the section, "Sententiae"?
(a) Mencken attempted to get a judge thrown off a case.
(b) It was a collection of humorous and witty Mencken sayings.
(c) Mencken railed against the European royal class.
(d) It was a personal letter from Mencken to his wife, in order to show Mencken's softer side.

5. What problem did Mencken have with Justice Holmes' final court case?
(a) Holmes delivered an hour-long, and completely unnecessary, speech when rendering his verdict.
(b) The case involved a tainted jury pool.
(c) The case violated the writ of Habeus Corpus.
(d) The case was a clear violation of freedom from double jeopardy.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to "The New Architecture," when will Man have "built his own prison"?

2. Where did the Scopes monkey trial take place?

3. Who was Mencken with at a Bach concert in Pennsylvania when he decided to get some liquor?

4. Which of the following was NOT an attribute of an artist, as Mencken describes in "The Artist"?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What aspect of death interested Mencken the most?

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

4. What was Mencken's opinion of chiropractic?

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

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

7. What stance did Mencken take in "Mencken's Last Stand"?

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

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

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

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