H.L. Mencken: Biography & Books


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Which of the following writers was a great influence on Mencken's work and beliefs?

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1. Mencken covered the infamous Scopes trial that dealt with teaching evolution in school. What did he famously nicknamed the trial?

2. Which of his books validated his authority of the American language?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The quiz and worksheet combination will determine your understanding of H.L. Mencken and his journalism career.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In the following assessments, you will be tested on:

  • Writer who influenced Mencken
  • Nickname given by Mencken for a trial
  • Mencken's writing style
  • Historical time that affected Mencken adversely

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Mencken
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about his book The American Language
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding a famous trial and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To study more about Mencken's impact on journalism, look at the lesson on H.L. Mencken. This lesson includes the following objectives:

  • Details his childhood in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Explains the influence the book Huckleberry Finn had on him
  • Covers his career at The Baltimore Sun
  • Explores his opposition to government and religion