The Best American Essays Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Pertaining to the "The Inheritance of Tools," who is Sanders thinking of?

2. What does Frazier NOT mention creeping its way into idleness in "A Lovely Sort of Lower Purpose"?

3. What does Frazier think of recreation for adults in his essay "A Lovely Sort of Lower Purpose"?

4. What does Ofri ultimately realize from her patient in "Merced"?

5. What does Fadiman think about electronic mail in "Mail"?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "Mirrorings," why does Grealy realize she has had anxiety over her disfigurement?

2. Describe Cofer's father from "Silent Dancing."

3. What does Ehrlich think about Joel in the essay "Spring"?

4. What fascinates Ehrlich in the essay "Spring"?

5. What does Ofri seem to be most concerned with in the essay "Merced"?

6. Do you think Ofri realizes she cannot have control over life or death in the essay "Merced"?

7. Why do you think McClanahan was so willing to ignore her husband's infidelities from the essay "Book Marks"? What acts of hers show it?

8. Why was McPhee thinking of his mother in the "Silk Parachute"?

9. What seems to be Danticat's conflict in the essay "Westbury Court"?

10. Do you agree with Rhonda's view on hair from the essay "Hair"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What do you think Philip Petit from "Turning Point" would say to David Rahm from "The Stunt Pilot"? Consider the risks and artistry in each of their professions.

Essay Topic 2

Considering "The Telephone" and "Mail," compare and contrast the benefits of life without the invention of both the telephone and e-mail. How do you think our society would be different without technological advances like cell phones or e-mail?

Essay Topic 3

In the essays, "In Distrust of Movement" and "Think About It," what common concern are the authors pointing out? Support your argument with examples from the texts.

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