The Best American Essays Test | Final Test - Easy

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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What is Halberstam discussing in his essay, "Who Are We"?
(a) The Vietnam War.
(b) He is talking about America's involvement in war.
(c) The 911 attacks.
(d) World War II.

3. What does Berry think the problem with American's is in "In Distrust of Movements"?
(a) Lack of knowledge on how we obtain our resources.
(b) Lack of knowledge on increasing efficiency.
(c) American's are obese.
(d) Lack of desire to go green.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11. What does Conroy realize after meeting with Judge Hand in "Think About It"?
(a) Some issues are entirely too complicated to be exhausted over by multiple debates and arguments.
(b) That Judge Douglas is corrupt.
(c) That Judge Hand hates the FBI.
(d) That the FBI helps both Judge Douglas and Hand.

12. What two categories does Steele place himself under in "On Being Black and Middle Class"?
(a) He is white and upper class.
(b) He is black and middle class.
(c) He is black and upper class.
(d) He is white and middle class.

13. What happened to Johnny's assailant in "Who Shot Johnny?"?
(a) He was never caught.
(b) He is in jail.
(c) He got three girls pregnant.
(d) He was shot and killed.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was Castro despised by, according to Talese in "Ali in Havana"?

2. What was Kincaid taught to think in "On Seeing England for the First Time"?

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"?

4. What is Williams discussing in her essay, "The Killing Game"?

5. Why do the hunters hunt according to Williams in "The Killing Game"?

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