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 does Talese say about Ali in "Ali in Havana"?
(a) He was hot headed.
(b) He was a drunk, but a good boxer.
(c) He was a loud, argumentative man.
(d) He was a soft spoken man and usually only spoke to those close to him.

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

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

4. 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 the house.
(d) Bringing down all the kids in the neighborhood.

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

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

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

8. Why does the last part of Lopez's journey in "The Stone Horse" have to be traveled on foot?
(a) Tress had fallen in the road.
(b) The road is blocked by boulders.
(c) There is too much ice.
(d) He ran out of gas.

9. 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.

10. What adjective would NOT be best used to describe a utilitarian person in "The Singer Solution to World Poverty"?
(a) Happy.
(b) Selfish.
(c) Selfless.
(d) Giving.

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

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

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

14. Why do the hunters hunt according to Williams in "The Killing Game"?
(a) For decoration in their house.
(b) To help people that hit deer with their car.
(c) To stop over population of animals.
(d) To eat dinner.

15. 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 house.
(b) A new car or expensive clothes.
(c) A new nose job.
(d) A trip to Europe.

Short Answer Questions

1. What type of experience does Lopez have when he examines the stone horse in "The Stone Horse"?

2. What ethical system is Singer addressing in "The Singer Solution to World Poverty"?

3. What was the verdict of the wet food in "No Wonder They Call Me a Bitch"?

4. 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"?

5. What is Updike comparing in "The Disposable Rocket"?

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