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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Mencken call a man who resists the charms of women?
2. Which of the following could NOT be used to describe Mencken's tone in "Star-Spangled Man"?
3. What was the name of H. L. Mencken's brother?
4. What organization did Mencken's father force him to join at age fourteen?
5. Which is NOT one of the reasons winters were difficult in 1880s Baltimore?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is democracy's aim, in "A Blind Spot"? What is a crime in the eyes of democracy?
2. What was Mencken's opinion of Ralph Waldo Emerson's "The American Scholar"?
3. In "A Blind Spot," why was Mencken impervious to the ills of democracy?
4. How did Mencken answer the question of whether successful men should have mistresses?
5. What was the chief problem of a Baltimore summer, according to Mencken in "The Baltimore of the Eighties"?
6. How did Charlie get craftsmen to work at the jail in "Recollections of Notable Cops"?
7. Why are "handsome men" suspicious, according to "The Lure of Beauty"?
8. What was the nature of Mencken's first-ever printed article?
9. What was Mencken's ideal form of government?
10. What criticisms did Mencken have for Theodore Dreiser?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Articles such as "Theodore Dreiser" and "Masters of Tone" present Mencken the art critic.
A) What can Mencken's criticisms reveal about his theory of art? Cite specific examples.
B) What can Mencken's criticisms reveal about his own preferences? Can art be objectively excellent, or does it always depend upon the viewer/spectator?
Essay Topic 2
Man-woman relationships were a frequent topic of study, as in "The Art Eternal" and "The Incomparable Buzz-Saw." How does Mencken view the dynamic between men and women? What are the differences between men and women? In what way do men and women engage in courtship?
Essay Topic 3
Abraham Lincoln was the subject of a long essay. Discuss the logic and structure of Mencken's argument in regards to Abraham Lincoln. What premise does Mencken assume? What is his thesis? What evidence does he use to support his thesis, and what logic does he employ?
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