The Best American Essays Test | Final 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. Who was lynched in 1999 according to Rushdy in "Exquisite Corpse"

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

3. According to the essay, "Exquisite Corpse" when was lynching prevalent?

4. What magazine is mentioned having a cartoon that is equivalent to shouting fire in "Shouting Fire!"?

5. Where is the Quechan stone monument in "The Stone Horse"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why is the Quechan horse still intact, unlike the other archaeological monuments in "The Stone Horse" by Barry Lopez?

7. Explain why Muhammad Ali was a world icon in the essay "Ali in Havana."

8. Describe Oates thoughts on the difference of a house and a home in the essay, "They All Just Went Away,."

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How do the motivations of Ofri and Tan differ from each other in "Merced" and "Mother Tongue." How are the two alike? How are they different?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

"Exquisite Corpse," by Ashraf Rushdy discusses the photography of African Americans that had been lynched. If James Byrd's lynching had been photographed, how would the country's reaction have compared to the lynching of Emmett Till in 1955?

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