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

2. Who was Castro despised by, according to Talese in "Ali in Havana"?
(a) Unions.
(b) Germany.
(c) Conservatives and the U.S. government.
(d) United States liberals.

3. What is Hearne's profession in "What's Wrong With Animal Rights?"?
(a) Veteraniarian.
(b) Bus driver.
(c) Dog catcher.
(d) Animal trainer.

4. 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 teaches people a lesson.
(d) It justifies crimes and their punishments according to the crimes.

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

6. 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.

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

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 magazine is mentioned having a cartoon that is equivalent to shouting fire in "Shouting Fire!"?
(a) Cosmoplolitan.
(b) Rolling Stone.
(c) Spin.
(d) Hustler.

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) Wet.
(c) Dried oats.
(d) Dry.

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

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

13. What was the verdict on the dry foods taste in "No Wonder They Call Me a Bitch"?
(a) It was cold.
(b) It was tasteless.
(c) It was beef flavored.
(d) It was oat flavored.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Queenan say people think about an education from a top-tier school will provide in "Matriculation Fixation"?

2. What common element does Wills mention having with the penalty in "The Dramaturgy of Death"?

3. What is prohibited in the first amendment?

4. 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"?

5. What happened to Johnny's assailant in "Who Shot Johnny?"?

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