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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Who wanted to permanently involve America in foreign affairs with the League of Nations in "Who Are We"?
(a) Richard Nixon.
(b) Woodrow Wilson.
(c) FDR .
(d) George Bush.

Short Answer Questions

1. How is Kincaid different from most other Antiguans in "On Seeing England for the First Time"?

2. Whose rights does Hearne compare to that of humans in "What's Wrong With Animal Rights?"?

3. What American obsession does Queenan discuss in "Matriculation Fixation"?

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

5. Where is Kincaid a native of in the essay "On Seeing England for the First Time"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Convoy finally accept at the end of his essay "Think About It"?

2. Describe what Queenan thinks about American universities in "Matriculation Fixation"."

3. What is Kincaid's attitude towards England in "On Seeing England for the First Time"?

4. Describe what Berry's issue with the American people is in "In Distrust of Movements."

5. What event happened that made Americans want to return to that slumber of isolation in "Who We Are"?

6. How does Halberstam see America responding to war in the essay "Who We Are"?

7. Why did Till's mother want his coffin to remain open in the essay "Exquisite Corpse"?

8. What does Steele say about her black identity in the essay, "On Being Black and Middle Class"?

9. What does Updike say about the male body in "The Disposable Rocket"?

10. What does Williams say about the reasons hunters give for hunting in the essay "The Killing Game"?

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