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

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

3. What case do Conroy and Douglas discuss in "Think About It"?
(a) The 9/11 attack.
(b) The Dennis Case that dealt with the first amendment.
(c) The Bay of Pigs.
(d) The Robert-Grealy case .

4. What is Wills considering in his essay, "The Dramaturgy of Death"?
(a) Our justice system.
(b) The justification for the death penalty.
(c) Global warming.
(d) Drunk drivers.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why does the last part of Lopez's journey in "The Stone Horse" have to be traveled on foot?

3. What does Talese say about Ali in "Ali in Havana"?

4. What happened to Johnny's assailant in "Who Shot Johnny?"?

5. What assumption are all rights based on in "What's Wrong With Animal Rights"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain Hearne's reasons for the differences of human rights to those of a dog in the essay "What's Wrong With Animal Rights"?

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

3. What was the significance of Till's photos circulating and none of Byrd's in "Exquisite Corpse"?

4. Describe Convoy's realization about 'sixths' in "Think About It."

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

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

7. Describe the tone of Hodgman's essay "No Wonder They Call Me a Bitch,"

8. What does Williams say about deer in "The Killing Game"?

9. Describe Hodgman's response to the different foods she tastes in "No Wonder They Call Me a Bitch,"

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

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