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 Kincaid recall being forced to memorize in school in "On Seeing England for the First Time"?
(a) British isles and major cities.
(b) The past Prime Ministers of England.
(c) Her spelling words.
(d) The dates of change in monarchy reign in England.

2. What does Wills NOT mention as a way of using the death penalty in "The Dramaturgy of Death"?
(a) Lynching.
(b) Quartering.
(c) Burning at the stake.
(d) Drawing.

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

4. What is Oates reflecting on and comparing in "They All Just Went Away"?
(a) Beef verses chicken.
(b) Her three children.
(c) A house and a home.
(d) A cat and dog.

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. What is Hodgman testing in her essay "No Wonder They Call Me a Bitch"?
(a) Cat food.
(b) Different tanning lotions.
(c) Dog food.
(d) Dried oats.

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

8. What ethical system is Singer addressing in "The Singer Solution to World Poverty"?
(a) Progressive.
(b) Transcendentalism.
(c) Pragmatic.
(d) Utilitarianism .

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

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

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

12. 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) Her stomach's reaction to the food.
(b) A foul odor.
(c) She had dog breath.
(d) A large vein in her morsels.

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

14. What case do Conroy and Douglas discuss in "Think About It"?
(a) The Robert-Grealy case .
(b) The 9/11 attack.
(c) The Bay of Pigs.
(d) The Dennis Case that dealt with the first amendment.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Whose rights does Hearne compare to that of humans in "What's Wrong With Animal Rights?"?

2. Who admired Castro, according to Talese in "Ali in Havana"?

3. What is Halberstam discussing in his essay, "Who Are We"?

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

5. What complicated process is Conroy discussing in "Think About It"?

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