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. According to the essay, "Exquisite Corpse" when was lynching prevalent?
(a) 21st century.
(b) 17th century.
(c) Late 19th and early 20th centuries.
(d) Late 18th and early 19th centuries.

2. What is prohibited in the first amendment?
(a) Talking poorly about the president.
(b) Yelling "Bomb" in a public place.
(c) Shouting at a person driving badly.
(d) Shouting "Fire!" in a crowded movie theatre.

3. What does Singer say about the money would be spent on, that is not given to helping the poor in "The Singer Solution to World Poverty"?
(a) A new car or expensive clothes.
(b) A trip to Europe.
(c) A new nose job.
(d) A new house.

4. What happened to Dickerson's nephew Johnny in "Who Shot Johnny?"?
(a) He was shot and paralyzed.
(b) He was shot and killed.
(c) He fell from a tree.
(d) He jumped into a pool head first and was paralyzed.

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

6. Who outlined the exception to the first amendment in "Shouting Fire!"?
(a) Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas.
(b) Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes.
(c) Thomas Jefferson.
(d) John Adams.

7. What type of experience does Lopez have when he examines the stone horse in "The Stone Horse"?
(a) A pyschotic response.
(b) Ultimate kindness.
(c) An excited one.
(d) A religious one.

8. Where is the Quechan stone monument in "The Stone Horse"?
(a) The California Dessert.
(b) Close to the Grand Canyon.
(c) Africa.
(d) Next to Yosimite National Park.

9. What did Hodgman find in her food that made her question the experiment for science's sake in "No Wonder They Call Me a Bitch"?
(a) She had dog breath.
(b) A foul odor.
(c) A large vein in her morsels.
(d) Her stomach's reaction to the food.

10. Whose rights is Hearne defending in "What's Wrong With Animal Rights?"?
(a) Humans.
(b) Womens.
(c) Dolphins.
(d) Animals.

11. What does Dickerson think Johnny's assailant is doing in "Who Shot Johnny?"
(a) Bringing down all the kids in the neighborhood.
(b) Bringing down the house.
(c) Bringing down the entire black community.
(d) Being ignorant to people who love him.

12. What does Conroy realize after meeting with Judge Hand in "Think About It"?
(a) That the FBI helps both Judge Douglas and Hand.
(b) That Judge Douglas is corrupt.
(c) That Judge Hand hates the FBI.
(d) Some issues are entirely too complicated to be exhausted over by multiple debates and arguments.

13. Who does Talese accompany to Cuba in "Ali in Havana"?
(a) Fidel Castro.
(b) Mike Tyson .
(c) George Clooney .
(d) Muhummed Ali.

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

15. What kind of art is the Quechan horse in "The Stone Horse"?
(a) Impressionist.
(b) Watercolors.
(c) Intaglio.
(d) Self portrait.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Wills considering in his essay, "The Dramaturgy of Death"?

2. Where is Kincaid a native of in the essay "On Seeing England for the First Time"?

3. What does Hodgman say is the best tasting, though still slightly bothered by its texture in "No Wonder They Call Me a Bitch"?

4. What small facet does Berry NOT mention "In Distrust of Movements"?

5. Who is William O. Douglas to Conroy in "Think About It"?

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