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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. How did Mencken appraise Valentino in their dinner meeting?
(a) Valentino was a brute who did not deserve his fame or money.
(b) Valentino was a ham actor of the highest order.
(c) Valentino was a genius who would be better suited as a scientist or engineer.
(d) Valentino was a noble soul questioning his vulgar acting profession.

2. How do common folk read the Bible, according to Mencken in "Holy Writ"?
(a) They are fooled by its beautiful prose, and pay no attention to the ideas behind the words.
(b) They don't read the Bible at all, and are illiterate fools.
(c) They find it hilarious, for some strange reason.
(d) They read it, but find nothing to relate to their personal experience.

3. What point did Mencken make when referring to the picture of a French soldier who was deformed with multiple amputations in war?
(a) Mencken thought it was terribly sad that the man will not be able to walk into heaven.
(b) The French were brave people, indeed.
(c) The soldier made the noblest of sacrifices, and will be remembered forever.
(d) Mencken imagined that the soldier likely sought a glorious death in battle, but now has to live life in a pathetic state.

4. Which of the following was true in regard to statements made by Mencken about chiropractic?
(a) Chiropractors were made up of intellectual heavyweights and aristocrats.
(b) There was no, and would never be, any beneficial effect of chiropractic.
(c) The deaths of chiropractic patients was welcome, as it would mean less stupid people in the world.
(d) Chiropractic sprang from a perversion of brain science.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Valentino invite Mencken to dinner?

2. How did Mencken describe the music of Puccini?

3. Why, according to Mencken, do virtuous people end up sinning the worst?

4. What was Mencken's attitude toward Grover Cleveland?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why are artists "anti-patriotic," according to Mencken in "The Artist"?

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

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

5. For what reasons did Mencken admire Grover Cleveland?

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

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

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

9. Did Mencken's aesthetics conform to the ideals of the "new architecture"? Explain.

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

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