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

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

3. Who admired Castro, according to Talese in "Ali in Havana"?
(a) Liberals.
(b) Conservatives.
(c) Muhummud Ali.
(d) Mike Tyson.

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

5. What did Johnny do to be attacked in "Who Shot Johnny?"?
(a) He cut another driver off.
(b) He made an inappropriate gesture to another driver.
(c) He waved at a random car passing by.
(d) He bombed someone else' house.

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

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

8. What does Williams say about deer being overpopulated in "The Killing Game"?
(a) They breed too much.
(b) Deer are only overpopulated because they killed the wolves that hunt them.
(c) They are overpopulated because of a fertilizer farmers use.
(d) They eat too much.

9. What American obsession does Queenan discuss in "Matriculation Fixation"?
(a) Health care.
(b) Going green.
(c) The status of a top-tier university.
(d) Money.

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

11. Where is Kincaid a native of in the essay "On Seeing England for the First Time"?
(a) England.
(b) Jamaica.
(c) Antigua.
(d) Puerto Rico.

12. Where is the Quechan stone monument in "The Stone Horse"?
(a) Africa.
(b) Close to the Grand Canyon.
(c) Next to Yosimite National Park.
(d) The California Dessert.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Williams think of the hunters reasoning to hunt in "The Killing Game"?

2. What example does Conroy give about a person's realization or application to something in "Think About It"?

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. According to Halberstam, between what events does America go to slumber in "Who We Are"?

5. Who was brutally murdered in 1955 in "Exquisite Corpse"?

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