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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 describe the music of Chopin?
(a) A dozen wind chimes in a hurricane."
(b) "Silver macaroni, exquisitely tangled."
(c) "Genesis I, I"
(d) "Two embalmers at work upon a minor poet."

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What point did Mencken make when referring to the picture of a French soldier who was deformed with multiple amputations in war?

2. How did Mencken describe the music of Bach?

3. What happened when Mencken sent a junior reporter to get him liquor during the Republican National Convention?

4. What memorable simile did Mencken use for Grover Cleveland?

5. Why did Mencken call democracy a "self-limiting disease"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What was the content of "Sententiae"?

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

4. What aspect of death interested Mencken the most?

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

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

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

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

9. Describe the religious service Mencken witnessed in "The Hills of Zion."

10. What was Mencken's opinion of stage acting?

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