How did Mencken describe the town and its people as he came to know them before the trial began? What surprised him about Dayton?
What did Mencken think of William Jennings Bryan? According to Mencken’s report, how effective was Bryan during the trial?
What warning did Mencken give to his readers in other states? Why did he feel it was necessary to do so? How would his readers probably interpret the last sentence of his essay?
What metaphor did Mencken use to describe how the trial had been conducted? What was so humorous about his choice of words? Do you think the good citizens of Dayton would have recognized his humor?