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

2. 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 car or expensive clothes.
(c) A new nose job.
(d) A new house.

3. What decade did blacks find their identity through social classes in "On Being Black and Middle Class"?
(a) The 80's.
(b) The 60's.
(c) The 70's.
(d) The 90's.

4. What does Kincaid say about England in "On Seeing England for the First Time"?
(a) That it has great weather.
(b) That it has good tea.
(c) That it is part of her and her nation's identity.
(d) That it taxes too much.

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

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 all the kids in the neighborhood.
(c) Bringing down the entire black community.
(d) Bringing down the house.

7. What is the man mentioned being tried for during World War I in "Shouting Fire!"?
(a) Disturbing the peace.
(b) Passing out green buttons.
(c) Protesting naked.
(d) Passing out pamphlets that opposed the draft.

8. What is Steele considering in the essay "On Being Black and Middle Class"?
(a) The tension between two of the largest components of his identity.
(b) The way blacks are treated.
(c) That he is the victim and victimizer.
(d) What he will have for dinner.

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

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

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

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

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

14. Who was brutally murdered in 1955 in "Exquisite Corpse"?
(a) Emmett Till .
(b) Emmit Smith.
(c) Tim White .
(d) Eli Whitney.

15. Whose rights does Hearne compare to that of humans in "What's Wrong With Animal Rights?"?
(a) Cats.
(b) Dogs.
(c) Dolphins.
(d) Homosexuals.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Berry think the problem with American's is in "In Distrust of Movements"?

2. 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"?

3. What happened to Dickerson's nephew Johnny in "Who Shot Johnny?"?

4. What was the verdict on the dry foods taste in "No Wonder They Call Me a Bitch"?

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

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