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

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

3. What is Updike comparing in "The Disposable Rocket"?
(a) Cats and dogs.
(b) Ice creams.
(c) Male bodies to female bodies.
(d) Texas barbeque and Memphis barbeque.

4. Who does Talese accompany to Cuba in "Ali in Havana"?
(a) Fidel Castro.
(b) George Clooney .
(c) Muhummed Ali.
(d) Mike Tyson .

5. 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.

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

7. Why was this justification used for the death penalty in "The Dramaturgy of Death"?
(a) It justifies crimes and their punishments according to the crimes.
(b) It helped people be scared of what would happen if they misbehaved.
(c) It teaches people a lesson.
(d) It justified extreme forms of brutality, like burning at the stake.

8. 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) The road is blocked by boulders.
(c) He ran out of gas.
(d) Tress had fallen in the road.

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

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

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

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

13. According to Halberstam, between what events does America go to slumber in "Who We Are"?
(a) World War I and World War II.
(b) The Civil War and the Cold War.
(c) World War II and the 9/11 Attacks.
(d) World War II and the Vietnam War.

14. What complicated process is Conroy discussing in "Think About It"?
(a) How to make homemade biscuits.
(b) The process in which we learn.
(c) The process of building a car.
(d) The process of traveling to Europe from America .

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What small facet does Berry NOT mention "In Distrust of Movements"?

2. According to the essay, "Exquisite Corpse" when was lynching prevalent?

3. Who is William O. Douglas to Conroy in "Think About It"?

4. What issue is Berry criticizing in "In Distrust of Movements"?

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

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