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. When does the lady in the apartment down the hall in "Westbury Court" realize that there is a fire?

2. From "The Stunt Pilot" what is the name of the stunt pilot Dillard writes about?

3. What does Ehrlich see violently shaking and jiggling beneath its surface in "Spring"?

4. Why does Cofer's family move to New York City?

5. Pertaining to "Westbury Court," with what is Danticat struggling?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Frazier say about adults and their inability to be idle in his essay, "A Lovely Sort of Lower Purpose"?

2. Describe the benefits of the penny post in the essay "Mail."

3. What happened to Rahm in "The Stunt Pilot"?

4. What does Petit say about the Twin Towers in "The Turning Point"?

5. What does Gates recall about Nat King Cole in "In the Kitchen"?

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

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

8. Do you find truth with McClanahan's essay of the woman writing in the margin and their mutual emotions?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the difference between a top-tier university and what Queenan calls a "middling" university and why people prefer a top-tier school.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast what the author's struggles are in the essays, "Westbury Court" and "Mirrorings." Do you see more similarities or differences between the two essays?

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