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 assumption are all rights based on in "What's Wrong With Animal Rights"?
(a) The ability to smell.
(b) The ability to be pleased.
(c) The ability to suffer.
(d) The ability to read.

2. Why was this justification used for the death penalty in "The Dramaturgy of Death"?
(a) It helped people be scared of what would happen if they misbehaved.
(b) It justified extreme forms of brutality, like burning at the stake.
(c) It justifies crimes and their punishments according to the crimes.
(d) It teaches people a lesson.

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 house.
(d) A new nose job.

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

5. What is Wills considering in his essay, "The Dramaturgy of Death"?
(a) Global warming.
(b) Our justice system.
(c) Drunk drivers.
(d) The justification for the death penalty.

6. What example does Conroy give about a person's realization or application to something in "Think About It"?
(a) When he used bleach on his clothes for the first time.
(b) He explains what a "lightbulb" moment is.
(c) When he realized how to tie a double knot on his tennis shoes.
(d) The response he receieved from a jazz musician on how to play a specific chord.

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

8. What is the goal of utilitarianism according to Singer in "The Singer Solution to World Poverty"?
(a) To make people want to work.
(b) To increase the amount of happiness.
(c) To motivate art appreciation.
(d) To make everything have a purpose.

9. What American obsession does Queenan discuss in "Matriculation Fixation"?
(a) Going green.
(b) Money.
(c) The status of a top-tier university.
(d) Health care.

10. What does Hodgman say is the best tasting, though still slightly bothered by its texture in "No Wonder They Call Me a Bitch"?
(a) Snacks.
(b) Dry.
(c) Wet.
(d) Dried oats.

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

12. Who was lynched in 1999 according to Rushdy in "Exquisite Corpse"
(a) Bird Jones.
(b) Chrish Byrd.
(c) James Byrd.
(d) James Joyce.

13. 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) Full demensions of human existence, not just to pain.
(d) The ability to think.

14. What does Updike say that men think about their bodies?
(a) It is very masculine.
(b) It is very forgettable.
(c) It is very hard.
(d) It is an art form.

15. What does Queenan say people think about an education from a top-tier school will provide in "Matriculation Fixation"?
(a) The chance to become famous.
(b) Encourages motivation.
(c) Better education than a junior college.
(d) The guarantee of a successful job.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who does Talese accompany to Cuba in "Ali in Havana"?

3. Who does Queenan mention being successful in "Matriculation Fixation"?

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

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

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