The Best American Essays Test | Final Test - Easy

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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Williams discussing in her essay, "The Killing Game"?
(a) Hunting verses gaming.
(b) She is an activist for animal rights.
(c) She denounces the cruelty of modern hunting.
(d) How America is suffering from Global Warming.

2. What two categories does Steele place himself under in "On Being Black and Middle Class"?
(a) He is white and upper class.
(b) He is black and upper class.
(c) He is black and middle class.
(d) He is white and middle class.

3. Who wanted to permanently involve America in foreign affairs with the League of Nations in "Who Are We"?
(a) FDR .
(b) George Bush.
(c) Richard Nixon.
(d) Woodrow Wilson.

4. What does Hearne say is ignored in this philosophy in "What's Wrong With Animal Rights?"?
(a) Relationships and knowledge of the relationships.
(b) Full demensions of human existence, not just to pain.
(c) Ocean life is completely forgotten about.
(d) The ability to think.

5. What does Kincaid say about England in "On Seeing England for the First Time"?
(a) That it is part of her and her nation's identity.
(b) That it has good tea.
(c) That it taxes too much.
(d) That it has great weather.

6. What adjectives does Updike describe for males in "The Disposable Rocket"?
(a) Tall and thin.
(b) Strong and innatly pure.
(c) Rough and tough.
(d) Fearless of being marred or tainted.

7. What does Updike say about the male in "The Disposable Rocket"?
(a) It is hairy.
(b) It is delicate.
(c) It is muscular.
(d) It is utilitarian.

8. What common element does Wills mention having with the penalty in "The Dramaturgy of Death"?
(a) Crime matches the punishment.
(b) Redressing a grievance.
(c) Inhumane treatment.
(d) Those who receive it, committed the same crime.

9. What was the verdict of the wet food in "No Wonder They Call Me a Bitch"?
(a) It was juicy.
(b) It was tasteless.
(c) It tastest the worst.
(d) It was tasty, but overwhelmed by its disgusting textures.

10. What is Steele considering in the essay "On Being Black and Middle Class"?
(a) The tension between two of the largest components of his identity.
(b) That he is the victim and victimizer.
(c) What he will have for dinner.
(d) The way blacks are treated.

11. What happened to Johnny's assailant in "Who Shot Johnny?"?
(a) He is in jail.
(b) He was shot and killed.
(c) He got three girls pregnant.
(d) He was never caught.

12. Where is Kincaid a native of in the essay "On Seeing England for the First Time"?
(a) Antigua.
(b) Puerto Rico.
(c) England.
(d) Jamaica.

13. What does Updike say about the female in "The Disposable Rocket"?
(a) It is delicate.
(b) It is soft.
(c) It is curvy.
(d) It is gentle.

14. Who is William O. Douglas to Conroy in "Think About It"?
(a) His boss.
(b) A Supreme Court Justice and a friend.
(c) His father figure.
(d) His mentor.

15. What issue is Berry criticizing in "In Distrust of Movements"?
(a) The way we recycle.
(b) The way American's see environmental problems.
(c) The way we eat.
(d) The way people drive.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Wills compare this type of barbaric act to in "The Dramaturgy of Death"?

2. What does Dickerson think Johnny's assailant is doing in "Who Shot Johnny?"

3. What does Berry think the problem with American's is in "In Distrust of Movements"?

4. Who was brutally murdered in 1955 in "Exquisite Corpse"?

5. What is the man mentioned being tried for during World War I in "Shouting Fire!"?

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